Josh McCown

Josh McCown

Quarterback #13
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 215 lb.
College:Sam Houston State
Age:40
Born:July 4, 1979
Drafted:2002 / Rd. 3 (81)
Draft Team:ARZ

Josh McCown: Uncertain about NFL future

McCown (hamstring) told GQ's Alex Shultz that he hasn't made a decision on continuing his football career.

Analysis: A report from January suggested McCown had told the Eagles he wasn't ready to retire, but the recent interview with GQ makes it sound like he's reconsidering. The veteran quarterback will turn 41 in July, and he's still recovering from January surgery to address the hamstring tear he suffered in a wild-card playoff loss to Seattle. Meanwhile, the Eagles have re-signed fellow quarterback Nate Sudfeld on a one-year contract.

March 18, 2020 8:21 AM EST

Josh McCown: Won't necessarily retire

McCown (hamstring) told the Eagles he isn't ready to retire, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: This doesn't necessarily mean McCown will play another season, but he'll at least take some time before he makes a decision, perhaps waiting to evaluate his recovery from Jan. 14 surgery to repair a torn hamstring. The 40-year-old replaced an injured Carson Wentz (concussion) during a 17-9 loss to Seattle in the opening round of the playoffs, completing 18 of 24 passes for 174 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions (while injuring his hamstring late in the fourth quarter). Be it in Philadelphia or elsewhere, McCown shouldn't have much trouble finding a backup QB job if he wants one. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and will celebrate his 41st birthday in July.

January 23, 2020 9:08 AM EST

Josh McCown: Heading for surgery

McCown will undergo surgery Tuesday to address a torn hamstring, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 40-year-old suffered and played through the torn hamstring during Sunday's wild-card loss to the Seahawks, which makes his solid performance in place of Carson Wentz all the more impressive. McCown ended a two-month retirement to join the Eagles in August, and there's a decent chance he'll retire again given the eventful and painful finish to the season.

January 10, 2020 9:55 AM EST

Josh McCown: Solid in emergency duty

McCown entered the Eagles' 17-9 wild-card loss to the Seahawks on Sunday with 1:22 remaining in the first quarter after Carson Wentz (concussion) exited the contest and completed 18 of 24 passes for 174 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also rushed five times for 23 yards and recovered both of his fumbles.

Analysis: The veteran did a solid job overall considering the circumstances, as he was called into action for the first time since Week 2 and was working with an injury-hampered wideout corps. McCown displayed the most chemistry with Dallas Goedert, but he was only able to complete four passes to wideouts overall. McCown was productive on the Eagles' last-gasp drive as well, helping Philadelphia travel 58 yards with completions to Goedert and Miles Sanders. However, he ultimately took a sack on 4th-and-7 that sealed the win for Seattle. Having been coaxed out of retirement to play in 2019, it's unlikely we see McCown in an NFL uniform next season.

January 5, 2020 5:09 PM EST

Josh McCown: May not play Thursday

McCown may not take many snaps during Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets if he plays at all, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: McCown has made a strong case for the Eagles' backup gig with Nate Sudfeld (wrist) managing an injury, and appears to be in the lead of Cody Kessler. The 40-year-old quarterback impressed during last Thursday's preseason contest against the Ravens, and it's possible that Philadelphia's coaching staff have already seen enough of McCown to be convinced he's back to usual form.

August 27, 2019 8:42 AM EST

Josh McCown: Puts in strong bid for backup role

McCown completed 17 of 24 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns while adding four yards on three rushing attempts in Thursday's 26-15 preseason loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Cody Kessler actually started this one but failed to get much going. McCown came in late in the first quarter and really got rolling in the third, when he found J.J. Arcega-Whiteside for a 20-yard touchdown and Alex Ellis for a nine-yard score. The 40-year-old quarterback just came out of retirement, and he already has a massive leg up in the race for the backup job behind injury-prone starter Carson Wentz.

August 22, 2019 9:11 PM EST

Josh McCown: Joins Eagles

McCown signed a one-year deal with the Eagles on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It was a short-lived retirement for the 40-year-old signal caller as McCown will join his 11th team in 18 professional seasons on a one-year deal with reportedly two million in guaranteed money. The Eagles, who are expected to be without backups Nate Sudfeld (wrist) and Cody Kessler (concussion) for some time, prioritized acquiring the recently retired veteran over other options currently available. McCown is expected to resume his career announcing games at ESPN after the 2019-20 season.

August 17, 2019 7:23 AM EST

Josh McCown: Announces retirement

McCown announced his retirement from football Monday in an article for The Players' Tribune.

Analysis: A 2002 third-round pick, McCown spent time with 10 different teams in 17 NFL seasons, going 23-53-0 as a starter. He had his best statistical campaign at age 38, completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,926 yards ad 18 touchdowns on a 2017 Jets squad that entered its season as a clear favorite to land the No. 1 overall pick. McCown's solid performance dropped the Jets lower in the draft order for 2018, but they still managed to obtain Sam Darnold, who now is backed up by Trevor Siemian. McCown will turn 40 in July and shouldn't have any trouble finding a job as a coach or a broadcast analyst. His retirement announcement specifies that he plans to do more work as an analyst at some point in the future.

June 17, 2019 11:16 AM EST

Josh McCown: Contemplating future

McCown is unsure if he'll return for an 18th season in 2019. In a message on his agent Mike McCartney's personal Twitter account, McCown wrote that he "would like to take more time before making the commitment."

Analysis: McCown received significant playing time midseason when 2018 first-rounder Sam Darnold missed time due to a sprained foot, but he didn't make much of an impact on box scores, completing 55 percent of his passes for 539 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. With Darnold the unquestioned starter, there's no guarantee for another quarterback to receive playing time, so McCown again would serve as a mentor to his young teammate, if he opts to play. Otherwise, the Jets will be in the market for a veteran signal-caller with Davis Webb the only other option on the roster.

March 11, 2019 6:50 PM EST

Josh McCown: Throws for only one touchdown

McCown passed 539 yards, a touchdown, and four interception across three starts in 2018.

Analysis: McCown's one touchdown was his career low for any season in which he started at least one game. After a career year in 2017, McCown was unseated as the Jets' starting quarterback by first-round pick Sam Darnold entering 2018. McCown will be entering his age-40 season if he decides to continue playing for the 2019 campaign.

January 17, 2019 4:29 PM EST

Josh McCown: Back to backup duty

McCown failed to complete his lone pass attempt in Sunday's 27-23 win over Buffalo.

Analysis: McCown presided over New York's second drive after Sam Darnold limped off to the locker room, but Darnold was able to reclaim his spot under center after that. As long as the rookie quarterback's foot injury doesn't flare up against the Texans in Week 15, McCown should remain relegated to a bench role.

December 9, 2018 6:36 PM EST

Josh McCown: Headed for backup role

McCown is slated to serve as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback Sunday against the Bills with Sam Darnold (foot) cleared to reclaim the starting role, a source told Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Analysis: Coach Todd Bowles declined to name a Week 14 starter at the conclusion of Friday's session, but there was never really any doubt it would be anyone other than Darnold after the rookie first-round pick practiced without restrictions this week. With Darnold's sprained right foot now behind him, he'll likely be under center for the final four games in attempt to carry some momentum into 2019, relegating McCown to backup duties. McCown was thoroughly uninspiring during his three-game run as starter, completing 55 percent of his throws for 4.9 yards per attempt and 1:4 TD:INT as the Jets went 0-3. The 39-year-old will become a free agent after the season and seems likely to call it a career.

December 9, 2018 7:26 AM EST

Josh McCown: Cleared for Week 14

McCown (back) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bills, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Fellow quarterback Sam Darnold (foot) also practiced fully Friday for the third straight day and avoided an injury designation for the weekend, clearing the way for him to return from a three-game absence. Despite Darnold's lack of limitations and status as the team's franchise signal-caller, coach Todd Bowles wasn't ready to commit to the rookie starting in Week 14 when he met with the media Friday, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Bowles said he would wait until Sunday to make a decision on that front, but it would be a major surprise if the 39-year-old McCown drew another start at a healthy Darnold's expense. Over his three appearances filling in for the first-round pick, McCown threw four interceptions and completed only 55 percent of his passes for 4.9 yards per attempt.

December 7, 2018 9:55 AM EST

Josh McCown: Limited practice

McCown (back) was limited at practice Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Meanehile, Sam Darnold (foot) practiced fully, which puts him on track to start Sunday's game against the Bills, which would return McCown (health permitting) to backup duties.

December 5, 2018 1:02 PM EST

Josh McCown: Kept out of end zone in loss

McCown completed 17 of 30 passing attempts for 128 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception in Sunday's 26-22 loss to Tennessee. He also rushed once for three yards.

Analysis: The Jets made five field goals and scored on a pick-six, but the offense never could find the end zone. It wound up costing them as the Titans took their first lead of the day with just 36 seconds remaining and held on to win it. McCown would throw his interception on the next drive to seal it for the Titans. The 39-year-old has only thrown for more than 135 yards in just one of the three games he has started while Sam Darnold (foot) has been out and has just one touchdown over that time. Fortunately for the Jets, Darnold appeared close to returning this week and should have a good chance to start Week 14 at Buffalo, sending McCown back to the bench.

December 2, 2018 5:01 PM EST

Josh McCown: Confirmed for Week 13 start

McCown will receive the start for Sunday's game against the Titans, sources tell Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first relayed Saturday that the Jets were leaning toward giving McCown a third straight start, as the team wasn't fully confident that top signal-caller Sam Darnold (foot) was 100 percent healthy. It's unclear if Darnold, who is listed as questionable for the contest, will dress as the backup quarterback ahead of Davis Webb or be included among the team's inactives, but more clarity on that front should come 90 minutes prior to the 4:05 p.m. EST kickoff. In any event, Cimini's nugget cements McCown as the Week 13 starter, though the 39-year-old's fantasy outlook isn't especially rosy after he managed only 5.2 yards per attempt and threw three interceptions while completing 54.4 percent of his passes over his last two outings.

December 2, 2018 9:22 AM EST

Josh McCown: Trending toward another start

McCown is expected to serve as the Jets' starting quarterback Sunday against the Titans with Sam Darnold (foot) considered unlikely to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After missing the Jets' last two games, Darnold practiced on a limited basis this week and was listed as questionable heading into Sunday. The rookie signal-caller plans to test his strained right foot out during a pregame workout, but unless Darnold looks healthier than anticipated, the Jets are preparing to go with McCown under center for a third straight game. McCown has been shaky through his first two outings with a 54.4 completion percentage, 5.2 yards per attempt and a 1:3 TD:INT and doesn't project as a reliable fantasy option against a solid Tennessee defense.

December 2, 2018 5:15 AM EST

Josh McCown: Ready for Sunday, but may not start

McCown (thumb/back) was a full participant in Friday's practice and won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Titans, Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Neither the thumb nor the back injury were viewed as serious threats to McCown's Week 13 availability, even though he was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. Though he'll suit up Sunday, it's uncertain if McCown will draw a third straight start or retreat to the backup role. After missing the previous two games, top signal-caller Sam Darnold (foot) practiced in a limited fashion throughout the week and is listed as questionable for the weekend, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Coach Todd Bowles relayed after Friday's practice that he won't decide on a starting quarterback until Sunday, so those planning on deploying either McCown or Darnold in fantasy lineups should keep tabs on news pertaining to both players leading up to the 4:05 p.m. EST kickoff.

November 30, 2018 9:49 AM EST

Josh McCown: Limited again Thursday

McCown (thumb/back) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: McCown's reps were also restricted Wednesday, though it's generally expected that his limitations on back-to-back days were maintenance-related while he manages a cut on his right thumb along with the back issue. More so than his health, the veteran's fantasy outlook for the Jets' Week 13 matchup with the Titans hinges on the potential availability of Sam Darnold (foot) for the contest. Darnold, who has sat out the Jets' last two games, was also a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday and hasn't been ruled for the starting nod this weekend.

November 29, 2018 11:14 AM EST

Josh McCown: Limited Wednesday

McCown (back/right hand) was limited at practice Wednesday, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: In addition to his own health, McCown's Week 13 fantasy utility is tied directly to the status of fellow QB Sam Darnold, who was also limited Wednesday. Regarding Darnold, coach Todd Bowles noted Wednesday, "he did more than he did last week." The Jets' plans at quarterback for Sunday's game against the Titans are thus cloudy, with added clarity on that front hopefully on tap by the end of the practice week.

November 28, 2018 12:57 PM EST

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