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Jets 2018 Training Camp Profile: QB Josh McCown

By Luis Tirado Jr.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 22: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets passes during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 22: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets passes during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Josh McCown is set to enter New York Jets training camp as the starter but will he do enough to keep that job heading into the regular season? Here’s his full training camp profile.

Entering his second season with the New York Jets, veteran quarterback Josh McCown is back and ready to continue what he started last season. Believe it or not, last year was the best season in McCown’s journeyman career as he would have added more to it had he not suffered a broken hand injury that shut him down.

The Jets decided to bring him back on another one-year deal since they missed out on Kirk Cousins and wanted to ensure that they had a high-quality veteran presence for their eventual future franchise quarterback. Before destiny had it that the Jets would land Sam Darnold, they also decided to bring in Teddy Bridgewater to give him a shot and see if he can return to form before his severe knee injury a few years ago.

Head coach Todd Bowles made it clear that for now, McCown is the starting quarterback of the Jets heading into training camp but that could change depending on how the competition goes. All three quarterbacks will be competing for the starting job as the best man who can win the most football games in 2018 will earn the job.

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2017 SEASON REVIEW

Last season, McCown totaled 2,926 passing yards, 267 completions, 18 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Besides everything he did on the gridiron, McCown was a great locker room presence and a leader among men. He played above average football and kept the Jets offense competitive all the way until he suffered a season-ending broken hand injury.

2018 SEASON OUTLOOK

Expect to see McCown be the Jets Week 1 starter since he gives the franchise time to continue developing Darnold until he’s 100 percent ready. The Jets didn’t invest $10 million into McCown for him to be on the bench all season long. If anything, McCown will start for the Jets but be on borrowed time until either Bridgewater or Darnold are able to perform better than him or if he gets injured again.

TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION

McCown will make the final roster of the Jets once training camp is over. He’ll likely be playing his final season in the NFL as he does his best to get Darnold ready to be the next leader of the team.

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