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QB Josh McCown - New York Jets

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

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2016 Week 12 vs NYG (25 / 43 / 322 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

McCown's final stat line might look like he didn't play all that poorly, but the veteran quarterback was not sharp in this game. He missed multiple throws to receivers who were open and didn't handle the pressure from New York's pass rush very well. Several of the throws McCown missed were simply passes that an NFL quarterback has to make. McCown lost two fumbles on strip sacks in the game, including one which went for a defensive touchdown. One of McCown's worst misses came in the second quarter when he targeted a wide open Gary Barnidge around the Giants' five-yard line. He overthrew Barnidge badly on the play and was lucky he wasn't intercepted. McCown's first trip to the red zone of the game also did not go well. After unsuccessful attempts to run on the early downs, the Browns went with an empty backfield on third-and-goal, but none of the receivers were able to get open, forcing McCown to roll right before eventually throwing out of bounds. The Browns had to settle for a field goal on that drive. McCown came close to throwing a touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor in the third quarter as he threw an end zone pass to the big receiver which was incomplete. It appeared Pryor may have been interfered with on the play, but nothing was called. McCown's lone touchdown pass went to a wide open Corey Coleman for a 21-yard score. Coleman ran a great route and did most of the heavy lifting to get open, but McCown put the pass where it needed to be.

2016 Week 11 vs PIT (14 / 27 / 118 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

McCown played the entire fourth quarter after Cody Kessler was lost for the day with a concussion. He struggled with the Steelers' pass rush, much like Kessler. McCown didn't throw any interceptions, but he came really close to throwing at least four in the game. He was helped out by Pittsburgh defenders not being able to hold on to the ball on several occasions. McCown did fumble once when he was strip-sacked by Ryan Shazier. The fumble led to a defensive touchdown for the Steelers. McCown's touchdown came on a great pass to Gary Barnidge right down the middle of the field. He thread the ball into a tight window and put it where only a closely-covered Barnidge could make the grab.

2016 Week 10 vs BAL (6 / 13 / 59 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

McCown entered the game for the second drive in the third quarter. Head coach Hue Jackson turned to the veteran because he said he was looking to provide a spark. McCown played poorly, although he was slightly better than his final line indicates. McCown threw two interceptions and fumbled once, but two of those turnovers were hard to pin solely on McCown. His first interception came when his throwing arm was hit by Terrell Suggs as he was letting the ball go. It resulted in a wounded duck which fell into the arms of a Baltimore defender. His second interception came on a poor decision by McCown as he threw a deep floater into double coverage. The pass was easily picked off in the end zone. McCown's fourth quarter fumble came on a Terrell Suggs strip sack where Suggs abused All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas, practically getting to McCown untouched. Coach Jackson has already said he intends to go back to the rookie Kessler for Week 11's matchup against the Steelers.

2016 Week 8 vs NYJ (25 / 49 / 341 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)

McCown's early results were fantastic as he led the Browns on two touchdown scoring drives in the first half of the game. He made a great play on his first touchdown pass as he rolled to his right before hitting Andrew Hawkins while on the run for the score. He could have had a second touchdown pass in the second quarter as he threw a perfect end zone pass to Gary Barnidge, but Barnidge was held by the defender for basically the entire play, resulting in a pass interference penalty. McCown missed another touchdown opportunity in the third quarter as he had Terrelle Pryor wide open down the right side of the field, but he overthrew the talented wide out. The pass most likely would have resulted in a long touchdown for the Browns if it was on target. McCown threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter. The first came on a pass which McCown forced to Pryor, who was double-covered. It didn't help that Pryor appeared to start and then stop in the middle of his route. The second interception was hard to pin on McCown as he threw a pass which Duke Johnson popped into the air. The ball ricocheted into the arms of a defender.

2016 Week 2 vs BAL (20 / 33 / 260 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

McCown got the Browns out to an early lead, engineering a touchdown drive on the team's first possession. He hit Corey Coleman with a perfect pass down the left sideline for a 31-yard score, although McCown took a big hit right as the ball left his hand. The trend continued on the team's third drive as McCown took a huge shot after completing a pass to Gary Barnidge. He got up with his left arm dangling, but stayed in to connect with Coleman again, this time for an 11-yard touchdown on a wide receiver screen to the left. McCown went back to the locker room after that play, but returned for the team's next series. At that point is where the mistakes started to pile up for the offense. McCown made several poor throws after the first quarter. He severely overthrew Richard Higgins in the second quarter on a throw that was intercepted. In the third quarter he almost threw another interception on a poor throw into double coverage. McCown finished the game by throwing his second interception when he tried to force a ball to Terrelle Pryor in triple coverage.

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Jets | More on Josh McCown's deal (Mon Mar 20, 07:30 PM) - Updating a previous report, New York Jets QB Josh McCown agreed to a one-year deal with the Jets worth $6 million. The deal also includes $2 million in incentives based on playing time and another $5 million in team-based incentives.

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Jets | Josh McCown signing with Jets (Mon Mar 20, 07:17 PM) - Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Browns) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New York Jets Monday, March 20, according to his agent. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Jets | Josh McCown finishes visit with Jets (Sun Mar 19, 04:26 PM) - Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Browns) finished his visit with the New York Jets Sunday, March 19, but did not reach an agreement on a contract. The two sides will continue to talk but no deal is imminent.

Our View: McCown would be a good bridge quarterback for whatever team signs him. The Jets have young passers like Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, but neither one of them seems like a long-term answer. McCown isn't either, but he could start for a team while a quarterback is groomed.
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Jets | NYJ talking contract with Josh McCown (Sat Mar 18, 04:25 PM) - Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Browns) is meeting with the New York Jets again Saturday, March 18, and the two sides have discussed contract parameters, according to a source.

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Jets | Josh McCown to spend weekend in New York (Fri Mar 17, 12:39 PM) - Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Browns) will visit with the New York Jets on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Our View: McCown is likely to land somewhere as a "bridge" quarterback. He can be the starter for a team while a young potential franchise QB is groomed behind him. The Jets have Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster, but neither seems like they'll develop into a quality starter.
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