Josh McCown named Jets starting quarterback for opener

Solenn Plantier
Août 29, 2017

During that announcement, Bowles also stated that McCown gives the Jets the best chance to win, despite playing in just one series in the preseason. He also has experience with a team that eventually earned the No. 1 pick in the following year's draft, with 11 starts (1-10 record) for the 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they had nothing to gain by winning games.

Journeyman quarterback Josh McCown won the New York Jets' starting job and will open with the first team when the regular season begins September 10.

McCown has yet to play since leading the team on a touchdown drive on its opening drive of the preseason. He was outplayed by Petty, but Petty injured his left knee in the closing minutes of a career game Saturday night against the New York Giants. Petty's knee sprain was "minor", Bowles said, and he is expected to be available for the Jets' preseason finale Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. While the veteran signal-caller's Week 1 assignment has been settled on, the team's backup pecking order has yet to be solidified.

Last week against the Giants, Hackenberg threw two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. Bowles said he is "not concerned at all" about McCown's readiness for the opener.

It sounds like Petty is destined to be second on the Jets' depth chart, behind Josh McCown and ahead of Christian Hackenberg.

This was always going to be the result.

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