Josh McCown informed he'll be the Jets' starter

Ross Houston
March 14, 2018

Going 5-8 as a starter while putting up a career-high 2,926 yards and 18 interceptions captained NY to a 5-8 record as a starter, a surprising mark for a team expected to compete with the winless Cleveland Browns for the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. McCown is a locker room favorite and quality backup despite his age. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced it. The Jets weren't expected to competitive in 2017-18 but played above expectations, albeit winning only five regular-season games and finishing in the cellar of the AFC East. We'll see which side blinks first.

With McCown coming back, the Jets aren't necessarily set now at the quarterback position — although Bowles traditionally opens the offseason program with the incumbent penciled in at No. 1 on the depth chart. McCown had a bounceback season at age 38 to prove he's still capable of leading an National Football League team, guiding NY to an overachieving 5-8 record before succumbing to injury and completing more than 67 percent of his passes.


Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury during training camp in 2016.

The Jets could also potentially draft a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick in April. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are likely both goners. ESPN also first reported Tuesday that the Jets and former Browns running back Isaiah Crowell were in contract discussions.


That made Bridgewater New York's new top priority in free agency as other notable quarterbacks flew off the shelf.


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