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Coffee with the Jets: Breaking down signing of Josh McCown

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Sep 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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Enjoy your usual cup of coffee this afternoon with the latest news and updates on the New York Jets. Yes, they have officially signed quarterback Josh McCown.

Yesterday, news broke out that after the New York Jets wined and dined free agent quarterback Josh McCown over the weekend, he officially signed a one-year contract. As the ultimate backup, McCown comes into a great situation to use his vast experience to help mentor both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg for 2017. Besides that, here are all the latest news and updates on Gang Green from top sources on the internet.

In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he broke down why the McCown signing is actually a good one for the young quarterbacks on the roster. McCown signed a one-year/$6M fully guaranteed contract with incentives if he actually starts and gets a good amount of regular season snaps next season. This was a smart move by the Jets since it looks like they’ll hopefully have a training camp competition to deem their next starter with McCown bringing veteran experience to the table.

In an article written by Bill Barnwell of ESPN, he gave the signing of McCown by the Jets a D+ since, in all honesty, it’s not a flashy signing. McCown has been a backup quarterback his entire career and if he starts, more than likely won’t be successful. He hasn’t had any kind of success in about four years back when he tore it up with the Chicago Bears. Again, from a mentoring and development perspective, this signing is great for the continued development of Petty and Hackenberg. The Jets signing him doesn’t automatically mean he’ll be given the starting job.

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In an article written by Ethan Greenberg of the New York Jets, he breaks down why with the top talent in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jets are likely to land an instant starter with their No. 6 overall pick. It’s hard to predict what direction the Jets will go in once they’re on the clock but with a team in need of dire talent at several positions on the roster, they should be able to bolster it regardless. Hopefully, they use it on a premier offensive lineman or defensive back.

Finally, in an article written by Ralph Vacchiano of The Jets Blog, he broke down why the Jets will ultimately turn to Hackenberg at some point next season. The idea is to “let the kids play” and see what they have learned so far in their development. This is the only way to see what Petty and Hackenberg can do under center and since expectations are very low for 2017, it’s a perfect time to put them in and let them learn during the regular season.

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