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12 Josh McCown QB
Height/Weight: 6-4/213 | Birthdate: 7/4/1979 | Birthplace: Jacksonville, TX, USA | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Sam Houston State | NFL Experience: 12 | Owned/Started%: 57/11 | Average Draft Position: 140.84
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Josh McCown in comfort zone with tall receivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown shined with the Bears last year in part because he had big targets to throw to in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Now his top two receivers are 6-5, 230-pounders, Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans. 

"I'd be lying if I didn't say there was a comfort zone in that,'' McCown told the Tampa Tribune after going through his first workout with Jackson and Evans. "It's very similar (to what I had in Chicago), at least on paper. There's still a lot of work to do. We have to get out there and (Evans) has to learn the offense and we have to start building together, but it was good."

McCown completed 66.5 percent of his throws for 1,829 yards and 13 touchdowns against one interception last season.


Josh McCown reaching new heights with addition of Mike Evans


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Josh McCown will benefit having big weapons like Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans , reports ESPN. Both receivers stand at least 6-foot-4.

Smith said McCown had the advantage of throwing to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery last season with the Bears, and he likes that formula for the passing game.

"We want to score points in any way we can,"’ Smith said. "This is a combination that looked pretty attractive to us. Of course, having a player like Josh McCown here – Josh, of course, has been in that situation and to say Josh has been in our ear quite a bit is an understatement. Seeing that [combination in Chicago] work like that was attractive to us, but as much as anything, we saw a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball that we had a chance to get that we really felt like could help us."


Bucs make smart pick with Mike Evans


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) Josh McCown had great success in 2013 with the Bears when he stepped in for the injured Jay Cutler in part because of his receiving corps with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

He doesn't have that same talent with the Buccaneers, but he might not be far off following the NFL Draft. The Bucs drafted Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans at No. 7 overall, and he will join Vincent Jackson as the starters in Tampa Bay.

Now, this doesn't elevate McCown to a starting Fantasy quarterback, but it definitely helps his outlook. Jackson will remain a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver, and Evans has plenty of sleeper appeal with a late-round pick in seasonal leagues.

The Bucs are going to be run-first with Doug Martin, but now they have a legitimate receiving corps, including quality tight ends in Timothy Wright and Brandon Myers.

In dynasty leagues, plan on drafting Evans with a first-round pick, and he will likely be selected in Round 8 or later in re-draft formats.


No doubt Josh McCown ahead of Mike Glennon


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/22/2014) There is no doubt who will be the No. 1 quarterback for the Buccaneers during minicamp, and that's Josh McCown, reports ESPN. Mike Glennon will work with the second team.

The report says if Glennon is going to have any chance at surpassing McCown, he'll have to thoroughly outplay him in training camp and the preseason. The report adds this is McCown's job to lose, as expected.


Josh McCown 'impressed' with Vincent Jackson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/15/2014) New Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown started throwing with his No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson on Friday. McCown said he came away impressed.

McCown said in an interview with CBSSports.com that he's worked with some top-notch receivers in his career -- Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery -- and Jackson is "right there with those guys."

"I'm very, very impressed with him," McCown said. "You know when you have one of those special guys. You can tell the first time you work with him, you see it and feel it. That was the case throwing with Vincent. You can see why he's been so good for so long because of his work ethic and his attention to detail."


Marshall excited for Josh McCown in Tampa Bay


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/15/2014) Bears receiver Brandon Marshall played with Josh McCown last season when he started five games for the injured Jay Cutler. McCown signed with the Buccaneers this offseason, and Marshall expects him to play well.

"Josh is going to do some good things," Marshall said in an interview with CBSSports.com. "The way he leads. It's not about what he can do physically. What puts Josh in the position to be successful is the man he is, the character and his leadership skills. I'm sure he'll be the first one in Tampa -- he was the second one behind me to arrive at the facilities -- but he'll be the first one there and the last one to leave. He prepares like he's the coach. That's what makes him special."


Josh McCown likes 'wrinkles' of new offense


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/15/2014) Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown went through installing a new offense last year as the backup for the Bears. This year, he's doing the same thing, only as the projected starter for the Buccaneers.

McCown, who recently started throwing with No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson, said he's excited for the new offense in Tampa Bay under coordinator Jeff Tedford.

"We went through it last year in Chicago where we were building an offense with coach (Marc) Trestman. it's the same thing all over again with Jeff Tedford, learning his offense," McCown said in an interview with CBSSports.com. "Just trying to help everyone get on the same page and begin to build this thing. ... There's some cool wrinkles (to the offense). There's some new things to it that I have not done yet. I'm excited about running those plays and putting those systems in place and seeing how they go."


Mike Glennon adjusting to backup status


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon, who thought he'd enter the offseason as the starter, is adjusting to the team's signing of Josh McCown as the presumptive No. 1 QB. "I understand the NFL is a business and at different times you may have to take different roles, but that's not going to stop me from competing," Glennon told the Tampa Bay Times.

Coach Lovie Smith spoke to the team Monday and said "the best players are going to play," Glennon added. "And I don't think that's any different for the quarterback position."


GM: Josh McCown won't be handed the job


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Though Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith named Josh McCown the starter shortly after signing him earlier in the offseason, general manager Jason Licht walked that back a bit Tuesday, according to FOXSports.com.

"Somebody has to take the first rep," Licht said. "It’s going to be Josh McCown. But the keys haven't been completely handed over to him."

McCown signed a two-year deal with the Bucs, coming off a season that saw him complete 66.5 percent of his passes with 1,829 yards, 13 touchdowns and only one interception in eight games for the Bears. He will be pushed by incumbent starter Mike Glennon, who passed for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games as a rookie.


Lovie Smith wastes no time naming Josh McCown the starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Newly-signed quarterback Josh McCown will start for the Buccaneers, coach Lovie Smith told reporters. Asked if McCown would be the team's quarterback for 2014, Smith replied, "Yes, he is."

McCown, 34, threw 13 touchdowns against one interception filling in for the injured Jay Cutler with the Bears last season. Second-year pro Mike Glennon will back up McCown.


Josh McCown to earn at least $10 million over two years


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The Buccaneers' two-year deal with quarterback Josh McCown calls for base salaries of $4.75 million this season and $5.25 million in 2015, reports the Chicago Tribune. McCown can earn $5 million more in incentives.

Buccaneers sign QB Josh McCown to a two-year deal


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) Josh McCown has parlayed his surprising 2013 into a potential starting role. His agent announced via Twitter that the veteran quarterback signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers on Wednesday. It's expected he'll compete for a starting job with incumbent Mike Glennon

In eight games (five starts) last year as the backup to Jay Cutler in Chicago, McCown totaled 13 touchdowns vs. one interception while completing 66.5 pct. of his passes. He also ran for 69 yards and a touchdown. 

McCown has bounced around the NFL since 2002. He's only had steady work as a starter in Arizona (2004) and Oakland (2007). 


'Very good chance' Josh McCown signs with Bucs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) There's a "very good chance" free agent quarterback Josh McCown will sign with the Buccaneers, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. McCown threw 13 touchdowns against one interception with the Bears last season.

Josh McCown to visit Bucs, Texans, Jets


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Free agent quarterback Josh McCown is scheduled to visit the Buccaneers, Texans and Jets -- in that order, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. It sounds like McCown won't be returning to the Bears.

Josh McCown returning to Bears 'a remote possibility'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo called quarterback Josh McCown's return to the Bears "a remote possibility." McCown said on the Ross Tucker Podcast that he knows the two teams he'll visit.

McCown did not identify the teams, but one is believed to be the Buccaneers.


Bears, Buccaneers vying for Josh McCown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Many believe free agent quarterback Josh McCown's decision will come down to the Bears and Buccaneers, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The Raiders also are interested but are waiting to see if the Texans release Matt Schaub.

Four teams interested in Josh McCown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Free agent quarterback Josh McCown said four teams have expressed interest in signing him, reports ESPN. The suitors are believed to be the Bears, Jets, Buccaneers and Texans.

In Chicago, McCown would continue to back up Jay Cutler. "If I leave Chicago, it's the opportunity (to be a starter) that I'm looking for," McCown said.


Josh McCown could sign with Vikings


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/7/2014) Quarterback Josh McCown could end up with the Vikings, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

LaCanfora reports that McCown could also look at Tampa Bay, but he expects him to stay in the NFC North division and leave the Bears for the Vikings.


Josh McCown linked to Buccaneers, Vikings


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/7/2014) It looks like the market for backup quarterback Josh McCown is heating up just in time for the start of free agency. While NFL Network believes he's a consideration for the Buccaneers, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora thinks the Vikings will take a long gander at him. 

McCown threw 13 touchdowns and one interception and posted a 109.0 passing rating in relief of the injured Jay Cutler last season. The Bears went 3-2 in McCown's starts.


Report: Looks like Josh McCown will be on the move


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) Josh McCown is slated to be a free agent this offseason after he turned in some amazing performances while starting in place of Jay Cutler in Chicago last season. According to Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report, McCown is unlikely to stick with the Bears as there are a number of suitors out there for the quarterback. The Bucs, Jets and Vikings are potential landing spots for McCown, who will have a chance to land a starting job in training camp. 

Josh McCown 'willing' to leave Bears


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Quarterback Josh McCown said "it's hard to want to be anywhere else" than Chicago. But the impending free agent is a realist, too. "I have to be willing to go somewhere else, if that's how it breaks," he told the Chicago Tribune.

McCown would back up Jay Cutler in Chicago. He'd compete for a starting job elsewhere.

"This is probably going to be the last time I stand in free agency with this kind of leverage," McCown, 34, told the paper. "So there's an understanding of an opportunity here to gain some more resources both to take care of our family and to do more good with."


Buccaneers, Bears have 'strong interest' in Josh McCown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Bears impending free agent Josh McCown is drawing "strong interest" from Chicago as well as the Buccaneers, with the Jets another possibility, reports NFL Network. It's the latest indication of a strong market for the 34-year-old quarterback, who threw 13 touchdowns against one interception last season.

McCown would back up Jay Cutler in Chicago, but would have a chance to start in Tampa Bay.


Josh McCown market heating up


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Bears quarterback Josh McCown has said he wants to stay in Chicago, but his appeal on the free agent market could lead to his departure, reports ESPN.com. The Buccaneers and Jets have emerged as potential suitors for McCown, 34.

McCown threw 13 touchdowns and one interception and posted a 109.0 passing rating in relief of the injured Jay Cutler last season. The Bears went 3-2 in McCown's starts.


Report: Jets interested in Josh McCown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) The Jets are eyeing Bears quarterback Josh McCown in free agency as a backup plan in case Geno Smith regresses, reports the New York Daily News. McCown, 34, threw 13 touchdowns and one interception in relief of Jay Cutler last season.

Josh McCown could be target for Raiders


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) The Raiders could look at Josh McCown as a potential target in free agency to be their starter, reports Comcast Sports Net.

McCown, who made nine starts for the Raiders in 2007 and went 2-7 while throwing 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his only season with the team, is a free agent this offseason. He played well for the Bears in 2013 when Jay Cutler dealt with numerous injuries.