Another year, another quarterback dilemma for the New York Jets.
A remarkable, record-shattering 2015 season by Ryan Fitzpatrick was followed by a dud from the veteran journeyman that led to New York signing another stop-gap veteran, 37-year-old Josh McCown.
McCown, who has played in 82 games for seven different teams over his 14-year NFL career, joins third-year pro Bryce Petty and second-year pro Christian Hackenberg among the Jets roster.
Although Petty struggled in limited time last season and Hackenberg has yet to see game action — and was only active for one game last year — McCown said there will still be competition during his first media availability as a Jet.
“It’s a full competition between the three of us,” McCown said on Wednesday. “All three of us will approach it as trying to be ‘the guy,’ and I think that’s good for our team, healthy for our team, to compete as hard as we can.”
Jets head coach Todd Bowles echoed this statement in March at the NFL Owners Meetings, where he said there will be “competition” and the quarterbacks will “alternate reps.”
“My mindset is to come in and learn this offense, do everything we can to master it this spring and training camp, and if that’s the case and I’m the guy, then play the position as well as I can until that changes,” McCown said.
While his top priority will be winning the starting job, he understands as a veteran it’s important for him to pass on his experiences to the hopeful quarterbacks of New York’s long-term future.
“I look forward to every day coming in here and working with Bryce and Hack and trying to give away the things I’ve learned in my career,” he said. “As we compete, if they’re at their best and they’re pushing me to be at my best, it hopefully makes our room better.”