BEREA, Ohio--Josh McCown has been around the NFL for a long time.
But does that mean he'll be around for a second season with the Browns?
“I hope so," McCown said Friday prior to the first practice of training camp. "Obviously, this is the time of year where across 32 teams all of us are coming to camp to make a ball team. That’s my mindset and I’m going to do everything I can to help this team and to be ready to make this ball team.
"That’s how you have to play really and truly, I think, if you want to be a good player, that’s how you approach it anyway," he said. "What do I need to do today to solidify my job, to keep my job, and to keep playing at the level I expect to play at? That’s my mindset going into camp. I have that kind of focus. Its also to be able to share with these young guys and help get them ready. So that’ll be my approach."
McCown, who just turned 37 on July 4th, is in his 14th NFL season. He was asked if knowing that Hue Jackson is going to name a starting quarterback sooner than later is a good thing. Jackson said he will name the starter before the preseason opener on Aug. 12--just two weeks from today.
“I think so," he said. "I think it gives us a sense of direction and the way he’s headed. The team and everyone can get behind the guy and move forward. I think we’re all supportive of that. I just think sometimes if it drags out and lingers it can be a distraction. You name a guy and move forward, and everybody gets behind that guy. I trust his leadership on that. Im in favor of that. It is what’s best for the team. He’ll make a wise decision and we’ll move forward."
Any of a number scenarios could play out regarding McCown. Most observers feel that barring a major setback Jackson intends to name Robert Griffin III the starting quarterback before the preseason opener against Green Bay. Beyond that, it is unknown if McCown will be the backup in case Griffin III falters or is injured or if Jackson will elect to have Austin Davis or rookie Cody Kessler back up Griffin III.
There is also the possibility that McCown could be traded during the preseason to a team that might suffer an injury to their quarterback. He also could be outright released.
McCown played in just half of the games last season, missing eight games with four different injuries. He finished the season on injured reserve with a broken clavicle, missing the final five games.
Despite the injury-filled season, McCown completed 63.7 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. His quarterback rating was 93.3. He also threw for a franchise record 457 yards in a win over the Ravens on Oct. 11.
McCown said he feels the sooner the quarterback is named, the better even though training camp will be less than two weeks old.