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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%: 36/5 | Average Draft Position: 150.18
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Josh McCown scores twice on the ground in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:08 pm ET) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown became the first quarterback in franchise history to score twice on the ground since Steve Young, but it wasn't enough as his team fell to the Rams at home, 19-17 in Week 2.

McCown completed his first four passes and scored on a 5-yard scamper on the opening drive of the game. He was picked off by Rodney McLeod in the first quarter but bounced back after halftime, scoring on a bootleg run from 1-yard out in the third quarter. McCown compiled 179 yards through the air while completing 16 of 21 passes. He was picked off once and held out of the end zone, finishing the game with a 81.2 passer rating.

McCown has been held under 200 passing yards in back-to-back games. He'll now have to travel to Atlanta for a Thursday night divisional showdown against the Falcons.

Josh McCown picked off twice in Week 1 loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown threw only one interception in 149 attempts with the Bears last season. He showed some struggles in his first game with his new club and was picked off twice through his first 16 attempts Sunday against the Panthers.

McCown tried to get rid of the ball while he was being taken down, but forced a pass that was tipped and picked off by Antoine Cason in the first quarter. He completed only 3 of 8 passes for 36 yards in the first half. Things didn't get any better in the second half. He bobbled a snap in the third quarter, recovered but only to throw an interception to Roman Harper. He also lost a fumble in the third quarter.

McCown did hook up with Bobby Rainey for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2:06 remaining in the game. He compiled 183 yards through the air while completing 22 of 35 passes. He added one touchdown and two interceptions in a 20-14 defeat. He was sacked three times and finished with a 71.5 passer rating.

The Buccaneers will host the Rams in Week 2.

Josh McCown dealing with a difficult opening matchup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown is ready for his first full season in the league. He'll have to endure a difficult home matchup against Carolina.

Last year, Carolina had one of the units against the pass, limiting quarterbacks to 14.00 Fantasy points per game, second only to Seattle's defense. As a starter last year, McCown had an 11-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio while averaging 308.6 yards in five games. Much of his success last year was due to his big targets to throw to in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Those guys won't be around, but at least he'll have Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans.

With that being said, under Lovie Smith, it's more likely that Tampa Bay will have their offense showcased around Doug Martin. Fantasy owners probably drafted McCown as their No. 2 quarterback leading up to the start of the season. Because he has a difficult matchup, he should be avoided in the majority of standard formats come Week 1.

Josh McCown has up-and-down preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown had an up-and-down performance Saturday afternoon against the Bills in Orchard Park.

McCown was picked off by Da'Norris Searcy on the third drive of the game. He bounced back and found his new offensive weapon, Mike Evans, for a 24-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He led his team to three scoring drives, two of which were touchdowns. He compiled 112 yards through the air while completing 13 of 16 passes. He added one touchdown and one interception, registering a passer rating of 90.6.

Josh McCown finds the end zone Saturday vs. Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown found the end zone during Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

McCown found an open Vincent Jackson, who beat Brent Grimes for a 7-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. He was limited to three series with the first-team offense and compiled 46 yards through the air while completing 5 of 7 passes. He added a touchdown and no interceptions, registering a 128.6 quarterback rating.

Josh McCown shows some struggles in Buccanneer debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown showed some struggles in his first start with his new team during Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

McCown played four series with the first-team offense and was intercepted by Winston Guy, who returned it back for a touchdown in the first quarter. He was sacked twice, lost one of his two fumbles and completed only 2 of 4 pass attempts for 20 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception.

The Buccaneers will host the Dolphins on Aug. 16.

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.