McCown will compete with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg during training camp for the starting quarterback job, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports. McCown signed a one-year contract with the Jets back in March, and while it has always been expected that he will be the Week 1 starter, coach Todd Bowles made it clear Wednesday that it will be an open competition. Given Petty's struggles in his starting opportunities late last season and the team's lack of trust in the unproven Hackenberg, McCown certainly has to be viewed as the frontrunner.
Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan deferred to head coach Todd Bowles when asked whether McCown will enter training camp as the starter, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports. McCown signed a one-year contract Monday, joining 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty (shoulder) and 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg in the Jets' quarterback room. The 37-year-old likely will enter training camp as the favorite for the starting gig, but there should at least be some form of competition to give the younger signal-callers a shot to win the job on a rebuilding team. Given his age and injury history as well as the nature of New York's roster, McCown is unlikely to make it through the season as the starter even if he wins the Week 1 job.
McCown agreed to a one-year contract with the Jets on Monday, his agent, Mike McCartney, reports. After visiting with the team over the weekend, McCown officially put pen to paper Monday on a deal that will bring him to New York City to play for the Jets. He's made previous stops in Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Chicago over the past five years and has proven to be a valuable backup quarterback as well as a solid fill-in starter when called upon. However, the 37-year-old offers little upside at this point in his career and, while he initially slots in at No. 1 on the depth chart, is not the long-term solution at quarterback and his signing shouldn't prevent New York from considering a signal caller in the early rounds of this year's draft.
McCown will visit with the Jets on Friday and Saturday, ESPN.com reports. With free agent Geno Smith expected to join the other New York football team, the Jets are left with a woefully inexperienced quarterback group consisting of 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg and 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty. The addition of McCown would provide some veteran stability without dissuading the Jets from pursuing another QB to add to the pack. The 37-year-old McCown has proven to be a high-end backup and low-end starter in the latter stage of his career, which has included strong showings for the 2013 Bears and 2015 Browns. New York might provide McCown with his best shot to earn a Week 1 starting job.
McCown has a meeting scheduled with the Cowboys on Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News reports. Tony Romo is expected to be in another uniform next season and Kellen Moore (ankle) is unproven, so McCown would provide Dak Prescott with a reliable, veteran backup in 2017 should he sign. The Cowboys had interest in trading for McCown last year as well after Moore was injured in camp, but the Browns' asking price in a trade was apparently too high. Now that he's a free agent, the way is clear for him to finally come to Dallas.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||New England Patriots||12||18.84|
|10||11/12||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||19.81|
|13||12/03||Kansas City Chiefs||9||18.47|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||24||21.31|
|16||12/24||Los Angeles Chargers||16||19.50|
|17||12/31||@New England Patriots||12||18.84|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||58.6||1805||10||8||82||1||140|