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QB Josh McCown - Free Agent

6-4, 220Born: 7-4-1979College: Sam Houston StateDrafted: Round 3, pick 2002

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News you need to know

General News (Tue Jan 22): will not re-sign with the Jets this offseason, in the opinion of's Darryl Slater.

Week 21: bye week

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Josh McCown's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs TEN (17 / 30 / 128 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

In two of the three games McCown has started, the Jets have not had a passing touchdown, and Sunday against Tennessee was no different, as the Jets stalled every time they were on the Titans' end of the field and had to settle for field goals. While much of that falls on the lack of anything like creativity on the offensive side of things, McCown has certainly showed his age during this stretch, as well as his limitations. McCown wasn't horrible -- his interception was a hail mary to close the game -- but he isn't good either, and that showed in the fourth quarter when he failed to find a way to connect with receivers on critical throws which often overthrown, underthrown or just flat out off-target. McCown's general inability to create plays when the Jets needed them, along with the lame-duck offensive playcalling, made it impossible for the Jets to hold, or regain, the lead.

2018 Week 12 vs NE (26 / 45 / 276 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)

McCown is a game manager, which is a role he generally executes well. Despite his one interception, an ugly and unnecessary throw to the goal line, which was short -- McCown made several nice throws to his receivers, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse on a slant. When he has a wide open receiver and some time, he can hit the receiver, but under pressure he struggles. The touchdown was a nice example of the former, while the pick was a perfect example of the latter. It didn't help that the Jets forced McCown to throw 45 times, despite never trailing by more than a touchdown through the first three quarters, which isn't a recipe for success with all but a few quarterbacks, certainly not McCown and absolutely not with the receivers he has to work with, who dropped more than one pass.

2018 Week 10 vs BUF (17 / 34 / 135 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

For all the talk of Josh McCown coming in and potentially saving the Jets offense, he looked like exactly what he is: a 39-year old backup quarterback who is likely a much better coach than player. McCown had to deal with the same things Sam Darnold did -- poor offensive line play, no real run game and a moribund play selection -- but his veteran savvy didn't help him overcome them. His first of two inteceptions came when the Jets were already down 24 points in the second quarter. McCown came under pressure and, throwing off his back foot, tried to hit Trenton Cannon on a route down the sideline. He had nothing on the ball though, which fell well short of Cannon and was picked off. It should have never been thrown in bounds. McCown's second interception of the day, in the middle of the fourth quarter was as bad as anything Darnold has thrown this year. On a 3rd & 4 play at the Buffalo 37, McCown under very little pressure threw a pass to his left to Jermaine Kearse who was running a slant. McCown somehow missed Micah Hyde lurking underneath and the ball was picked off. If Hyde had missed the ball, the defender who was covering Kearse was likely to pick it up anyway, as he was between McCown and his receiver. This was not the improvement the Jets were hoping for.


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