Josh McCown named Jets starting quarterback for opener

Ross Houston
August 29, 2017

The veteran quarterback was officially named the Week 1 starting quarterback of the #New York Jets on Monday. Starting McCown likely gives the Jets the best chance to win games given the alternatives on the roster, but his weaponry certainly leaves plenty to be desired. McCown is 38-years-old and has proven incapable of staying healthy for a full 16-game campaign, so it's only a matter of time before Petty takes over as the Jets' starter this season.

No word yet on who will be McCown's backup. But the 2016 second-round pick failed to seize the opportunity, leaving McCown to start. He struggled in one relief appearance and two starts, throwing two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and compiling a 65.1 passer rating. He has also participated in limited practice reps and Bowles has not announced if he will be playing in their preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.


Bowles said the depth chart behind McCown is to be determined. In 22 possessions, Hackenberg led the offense to only one touchdown - against the Giants' backups.

It has been a hit-and-miss process for the organization at the quarterback position over the last several years, with no long-term solution truly manifesting itself over that span. McCown is set to enter his 15th season in the league with the Jets, marking his seventh stop along the way.


If the Jets are in full tank mode, admitted publicly or not, McCown is the flawless starting quarterback to start losing as many games as possible right out of the gate. He went 3/4 for 72 yards and a touchdown in the team's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 of the preseason.


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