Josh McCown, QB, Browns
|QB - #24||168.00||CLE||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.
In an interview Browns' head coach Mike Pettine said 'I think It's fair to say' that Josh McCown will open up training camp as the starter. The backup to McCown will more than likely be Johnny Manziel. The team also has Thad Lewis and Connor Shaw on the roster.Fantasy Analysis:
Much like the Buccaneers (who earned the first-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft) did last season, the Browns have unintelligently invested in McCown and are counting on him to be their starter. Why? Because they're the Browns and that's the kind of thing the Browns do. McCown will get benched at some point this year and Manziel will replace him. When that falls apart they'll go back to McCown. Realizing their eyes did not deceive them on McCown's first go around, they'll turn to Shaw or Lewis. Needless to say, that most likely won't go well either, but if one of them has two good games they'll get a lucrative five-year deal from Cleveland … Don't draft a Browns' quarterback.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors5/4 - Browns HC Mike Pettine says 'It's fair to say' Josh McCown will enter camp atop the depth chart
4/25 - Browns HC Mike Pettine is adiment that QB Johnny Manziel is still in the teams plans
4/11 - Browns QB Johnny Manziel discharged from rehab
4/6 - Browns QB Johnny Manziel expected to be discharged from rehab soon
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