Josh McCown will start remainder of season for Jets

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 7, 2017

Bowles and offensive coordinator John Morton are content to let McCown play out the string while both Petty and Hackenberg remain on the sideline.

Josh McCown is the Jets starting quarterback.

"I've been saying that", the third-year coach said. Hackenberg, a second-year pro and 2016 second-round pick, is still looking for his first professional snap.

"I think every guy in this locker room, when your number's called, you play until your opportunity is gone", McCown said. Coach Todd Bowles isn't going to be fired before the year is out and he said at his Wednesday press conference that Josh McCown is his starter the rest of the way. "He's been huge for us, his leadership throughout the week and the whole season has allowed us to get better and better". Sunday's game at Denver will match a career high for games started (13) that he set way back in 2004.

For the season McCown has thrown for 2,880 yards (18 touchdowns, 8 interceptions) and has completed 67.8-percent of his passes, which is the fourth highest among all National Football League signal callers. "I always tell young guys, 'Hopefully you're going to get an opportunity to play at some point.' So it's not necessarily if, but when". I know that for a fact. "I just need to continue to keep working and developing those things I need to develop". He's only been active for two out of his first 28 games.

"For me, personally, I think making sure I stay focused on that, and continuing to grow from that, finding ways to get better, and waiting for that opportunity". The 22-year-old avoids getting "frustrated" over his lack of playing time because it's a "counter-productive way to do it". So I think for me. "I know it's going to come", Hackenberg said. "I just have to keep my head down and keep working".

"I watch [Petty and Hackenberg] work every day. And then develop a plan for the offseason and really attack that and go forward and understand that there are going to be dips in the road, it's a young career".

With McCown the guy the rest of the season. the Jets will have to determine if it's worth adding one of the above. without ever seeing the guy in-house play a regular season game.

If they don't play this season, there's a chance they won't be here in 2018. The Jets are expected to draft a quarterback and if they keep McCown to groom him, or sign another veteran, Petty and Hackenberg could both be on their way out the doors. But neither Petty nor Hackenberg are concerned about the future.

"My role right now is the backup quarterback", Petty said. "So I didn't consume or concern myself with anything other than that, just being as prepared as possible so if something were to happen, we'd be ready. So I can't really control anything else".

"Everyone has their own path", Hackenberg said.

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