QB Luke McCown - Free Agent

6-3, 212Born: 7-12-1981College: Louisiana TechDrafted: Round 4, pick 2004

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2015 Week 3 vs CAR (31 / 38 / 310 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

McCown was efficient on his opening series against Carolina, completing six of seven passes mostly underneath the defense while spreading it around to four different offensive targets. The drive lagged in the red zone, however, and New Orleans settled for a field goal. McCown continued his high-percentage passing on the second drive, completing eight of eight passes before proceeding to ride the legs of Mark Ingram in the red zone for a much-needed touchdown. A series of penalties forced New Orleans into suboptimal down-and-distance on their third offensive possession of the first half, but McCown came within a yard of moving the chains with a 20 yard seam route to Ben Watson. They opted to punt from there. Overall, McCown's efficient short passing with only one incompletion led New Orleans to dominate time of possession in the first half, recording only three drives for 10 points that proved good enough for a tie at the break. McCown was in the midst of leading another promising New Orleans drive midway through the third quarter, continuing to work the short to intermediate areas of the Carolina defense when tight end Ben Watson coughed up the football. McCown's influence to bookend the third and fourth quarters was more limited as the Saints relied on their running attack, but they were forced to punt with a four-point deficit. He made some NFL-caliber throws on the New Orleans' lone second half touchdown drive, stressing multiple areas of the defense by connecting with receivers Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Marques Colston and C.J. Spiller before Khiry Robinson found the end zone. The successive two-point conversion on a designed rollout failed, however, which would mean New Orleans still needed a touchdown with less than five minutes to play. McCown and the Saints needed a touchdown on their final drive of the day, one in which he threw most downs and got down the field fairly effectively by relying on receiver Brandin Cooks. With about a minute left, however, McCown forced the ball to Cooks in the right corner of the endzone on a vertical route that brought back memories of Colin Kaepernick's ill-fated decision in 2013's NFC Championship Game. The loss was sealed from there, but McCown led the team to over 300 passing yards with only seven incompletions in a far less disjointed performance than expected. At the very least, he showed the ability to keep New Orleans' skill-position players afloat for as long as Drew Brees is sidelined.

2014 Week 17 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

2013 Week 10 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Luke McCown entered the game for the Saints last possession and did not attempt a pass. He did hand off to Pierre Thomas, who ran for 5 yards to convert a 4th down and 5 to go that enabled the Saints to set the NFL record for most first downs in a game with 40. He then took two snaps in the victory formation as the Saints closed out the Cowboys, winning 49-17.

2013 Week 13 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Luke McCown entered the game with the Saints trailing 34-7 and the clock under two minutes. He handed off the ball to Mark Ingram three consecutive times to gain 6 yards, forcing one final punt.

2011 Week 1 vs TEN (17 / 24 / 175 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 10 / 0 rush)

McCown's first week as Jacksonville's quarterback can be best described as steady. He was not called on to throw the ball often nor on many varied routes. Most of his completions came between the hash-marks and between 8 and 16 yards down field. That said, McCown showed deft touch in placing the ball only where his receivers could catch it. He also firmly commanded the huddle and helped balance the Jaguars offense, picking up 9 first downs through the air and pacing the game to favor the Jaguars in time of possession by a two to one margin. His best throw came on a 26 yard pass to Mike Thomas. On the play, McCown noticed Thomas slipping between a safety and a corner up the middle of the field. McCown threw the ball on target with just enough loft to get over it over the safety and to a diving Thomas. All in all McCown showed poise under center and patience in the pocket to protect the football and keep drives alive.

2011 Week 2 vs NYJ (6 / 19 / 59 / 0 / 4 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

The McCown experiment caught fire and spun into a wall Sunday as the Jets were relentless in their pressure on the Jaguars quarterback. McCown never had a chance as the Jets pass rushers were able to get into the backfield early and often, while the secondary blanketed the receivers. McCown found himself on his nine yard line when Jets rookie NT Mohammad Wilkerson penetrated the pocket. McCown moved backwards into the end zone where Wilkerson took him down for the safety. McCown also got picked off a staggering four times, his first on a throw that sailed on him and went right into Jets CB Antonio Cromartie's hands. That throw, as well as a later interception, was thrown into triple coverage to boot. It was that kind of day for McCown and he was eventually pulled to give rookie Blaine Gabbert some playing time.

2011 Week 8 vs HOU (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

McCown came in for Gabbert after the rookie was shaken up in the first quarter, but was only in long enough to throw 2 incompletions.

2011 Week 12 vs HOU (7 / 11 / 62 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

With the Jaguars offense struggling, McCown was brought into the game with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. He engineered a drive that resulted in a field goal to bring the game within seven, along the way having to convert a number of third downs with good throws. After taking a 13 yard sack that put the team in 3rd and 27, he completed a pass to Marcedes Lewis that left them with a makeable 4th and 2, but rushed the play as the clock was running down and the incompletion ended the game. Overall he seemed to handle the pressure from the defense better than Gabbert had, including one scramble where he narrowly avoided a sack and then turned up field to gain a key first down.

2010 Week 2 vs SD (11 / 19 / 120 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

McCown came on in relief of starter David Garrard late in the contest when the game got out of reach. San Diego was playing pretty soft defense, and yet McCown was still nearly intercepted on back-to-back passes at one point. On a scramble near the San Diego goal line, McCown dove ahead to try and pick up extra yardage but was shaken up on the play. He got up limping slightly, and Garrard went back in. Garrard promptly threw a quick touchdown to WR Mike Sims-Walker on Jacksonville's last possession of the afternoon.

2009 Week 5 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

McCown replaced Garrard in 4th quarter, and did not fare much better in his short time on the field.

2009 Week 8 vs TEN (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Luke McCown entered the Week 8 game against the Titans only to close out the game. Starting quarterback David Garrard was getting crushed in the pocket, so rather than risk injury to Garrard, head coach Jack Del Rio let McCown close out the game. Think nothing of it as Garrard will start again next week.

2008 Week 16 vs SD (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)

McCown filled in late in the fourth quarter for Jeff Garcia after Garcia was knocked from the game with a bloody face. McCown had a nice 12 yard run eluding two tacklers along the way, but didn't throw a pass.

2007 Week 1 vs SEA (1 / 4 / 9 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

McCown entered in relief of Garcia, completing one of four passes for nine yards.

2007 Week 13 vs NO (29 / 37 / 313 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 34 / 0 rush)

McCown got the start for the injured Jeff Garcia, who missed the game with a back injury, and shined for Tampa Bay. At one point early in the game, McCown was 15 for 15 passing and finished the first half 18 of 21 for 230 yards and a one yard touchdown pass to TE Anthony Becht. McCown continued his strong play in the second half and finished 29 of 37 for 313 yards, two touchdowns and added 34 yards rushing on the ground. His second score came with fourteen seconds left, where McCown connected with TE Jerramy Stevens from four yards out on third down for the game winning touchdown. He showed great leadership and play making ability throughout the game, but did make a mistake on an interception New Orleans returned for a touchdown. On the play, McCown changed the play at the line and WR Joey Galloway misread the hot route with a blitz coming and DB Mike McKenzie returned the miscue 53 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, McCown made another inexperienced mistake on a drive that started inside their own five yard line, he was sacked in the end zone for a safety. On the play, McCown was flushed out of the pocket and tried to make a play using his athleticism instead of throwing the ball away, and was brought down for the safety. He made everyone forget the two mistakes on the late touchdown pass to Stevens that won the game.

2007 Week 14 vs HOU (25 / 38 / 266 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)

Luke McCown could not replicate the success he had last week, as he finished 25 of 38 for 266 yards, zero scores and a lost fumble. He looked comfortable in the pocket, but the Texans pressure forced McCown outside the tackles, where McCown could not find any open receivers downfield. He looked comfortable on the run, and showed some athletic ability, but just could not get into a rhythm with his receivers. He had his chances downfield, and missed Joey Galloway on a sure touchdown on an overthrown ball.

2007 Week 16 vs SF (18 / 32 / 185 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)

McCown entered the game in the second half and finished the game out for the Buccaneers. He finished 18 of 32 for 185 yards and one touchdown, but had two costly turnovers that each led to San Francisco touchdowns. McCown showed some grit, shrugging off his mistakes and leading a fourth quarter scoring drive that almost tied up the ball game. He connected with TE Jerramy Stevens from 24 yards out to cut the lead to 21-19, but his connection with WR Michael Clayton on the conversion attempt failed when Clayton's feet came down out of bounds.

2007 Week 17 vs CAR (21 / 28 / 236 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 47 / 0 rush)

McCown got the start for the Buccaneers and while he was productive and efficient, could not do enough with a limited supporting cast to fend off the Panthers. He finished 21 of 28 for 236 yards passing, including touchdown passes to Jerramy Stevens and Michael Bennett. However, one of McCown's few mistakes for the game came in the fourth quarter with Tampa Bay down eight, as he was intercepted on an under thrown pass that could have resulted in a touchdown. He was flushed out of the pocket and was unable to plant and throw, and the ball fell short of a wide open Buccaneer receiver. Tampa Bay had one last shot with under two minutes left, but turned the ball over near midfield after four plays.