Josh McCown, QB, Buccaneers
|QB - #22||168.00||TB||Active||14 years||35||6'4||213|
2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Jun-30-2014 by Rusty Reeves
We currently have McCown ranked as the No. 25 QB heading into 2014. The good news is he had success as a starter last season filling in for the injured Jay Cutler in Chicago. The Bucs seem to be attempting to set him up with a similar setup in Tampa. With their first two draft picks being spent on WR Mike Evans and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Bucs provided McCown two additional 6-foot-5 targets, to go along with WR Vincent Jackson. With a solid RB in Doug Martin, this is the Sunshine State's version of Marshall, Jeffery, Bennett, and Forte. The bad news? It's a poor man's version of the Bears' skill positions and McCown has never worked with any of them. If the Bucs can keep McCown upright after allowing 47 sacks in 2013 (ranks sixth from the bottom) he could be a sleeper candidate. Two of their free agent acquisitions, OT Anthony Collins and C Evan Dietrich-Smith, should both step into the starting lineup and help improve in that area. If only due to the talent the team has at RB and WR, McCown is a sleeper candidate.
Editor's note: Jackson (6-foot-5), Evans (6-foot-5) and Seferian-Jenkins (6-foot-6) give McCown three huge targets who can all challenge defenses deep down field. Even if you don't believe in McCown, there is plenty to like about this situation.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "there's a real sense that Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota." Of course, the Bucs have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. They are fully expected to take a quarterback at the top, either Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston.Fantasy Analysis:
Who likes to dance? That's what Mariota's draft stock will be doing until April 30. He was viewed as the No. 1 pick for the majority of the college season. Then the Ducks lost the national championship game to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Mariota didn't play well, and his draft position began to fall in mocks. Scout's Gil Arcia reported that the Bucs weren't sold on Mariota as the best choice ... and now we're back to where we started.
Of course, these are just reports; the Bucs aren't going to tip their hand. So get ready for notes about Mariota's stock yo-yoing (allegedly) for the next three months.
Oh, well. It's still better than Deflategate.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors1/29 - Report: Buccaneers have their 'sights set' on QB Marcus Mariota
1/14 - Oregon QB Marcus Mariota ducks senior year, enters NFL Draft
1/9 - Former Falcons OC Dirk Koetter jumps ship to Buccaneers
1/7 - QB Jameis Winston declares for NFL Draft
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