BEREA,Ohio--Josh McCown brings a wealth of experience to the Browns offense, as well as to the quarterback room but Hue Jackson said that won't guarantee him a roster spot.
“In my honest opinion, that has nothing to do with him remaining on the team," Jackson said Tuesday after practice. "That’ll be an organizational decision about all of our quarterbacks. At the same time, Josh McCown is very important to me. Just because here’s a guy with a lot of skins on the wall. He’s done a lot of great things in this league and understands it. I think we know how all of this goes.
"This is not just about who you like," he said. "It’s about what’s best for our organization. He’s done a tremendous job and what a good football player. I’m really grateful to have him here and be around him. I think all of the quarterbacks are, too, because he’s been outstanding.”
McCown, 37, is in his 14th season in the NFL. The Browns have several ways they can go at the quarterback position. With Robert Griffin III and third-round draft choice Cody Kessler likely guaranteed roster spots, the Browns could trade McCown to a team in need that suffers an injury in the preseason, keep him as insurance if Griffin III is injured or falters or outright release him if they choose Austin Davis or even Terrelle Pryor as the third quarterback.
With that being said, many observers watching spring practice and the early part of training camp feel that McCown might be ahead of the other quarterbacks at this point in camp.
Jackson praised McCown's work with all of the quarterbacks and credits McCown with helping Griffin III getting better.
"A lot of (Griffin III) getting better has to do with Josh McCown," Jackson said. "Josh McCown has really done a great job of spending time with him and mentoring him, helping him to understand to try to make the biggest jump that he can. Our quarterback room is a special place right now. I like all of our guys in there. They’re working extremely hard. I hope they continue to get better.”