Jets' McCown still going strong, joining the likes of Thorpe

It's time for the New York Jets to lock up QB Josh McCown

It's time for the New York Jets to lock up QB Josh McCown

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Josh McCown has had the type of season that few people — other than the New York Jets quarterback himself — could have expected.

He was widely viewed as simply a place holder, a veteran who would bridge the gap until the next franchise quarterback stepped up and took his spot under center.

McCown still may very well be just that. But a amusing thing happened along the way: The 38-year-old McCown has had the best season of his 15-year career and established himself as an emotional leader who has the Jets still thinking playoffs in early December.

McCown will look to replicate last week's performance when the Jets travel to Denver to take on the Broncos.

For McCown, this is a chance to start 16 games for the first time in his 15-year National Football League career. Three years later, that's still the case.

With McCown the guy the rest of the season. the Jets will have to determine if it's worth adding one of the above. without ever seeing the guy in-house play a regular season game. Hackenberg is the great unknown. "So I'm just going to keep working. keep working, keep working, keep working, not worry about anything else I can't control and we're just going to worry about who we are in here, being a good teammate, working hard in the meeting room and on the practice field".

Tossing a career-high 18 touchdown passes is also quite the accomplishment. McCown's also run for five scores. Thorpe was 38 when he accomplished it for the Canton Bulldogs in 1926, while Flutie was 41 with the Chargers in 2003.

"Somebody told me that earlier", McCown said.

Bowles has no choice but to continue playing him. Taking extra time to throw whenever I can to throw, or work mechanical things. But he's having the best season of his career for the Jets.

McCown signed a one-year, $6 million deal in the offseason, and could become a free agent. He might have done enough to warrant the Jets to bring him back next year — even if he's not the future of the franchise. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg will remain on the bench. Bowles and offensive coordinator John Morton are content to let McCown play out the string while both Petty and Hackenberg remain on the sideline. I think, for me, like I said, I understand my opportunity is eventually going to come. I just need to keep working and keep developing those things that I need to develop and be as prepared as I can when that opportunity does come. "And [with] how productive he's been, you want to see that".

But for now, entering the final quarter of this season, it continued to be McCown's time.

"As a competitor, you obviously want to play", the 26-year-old, 2015 fourth-round pick out of Baylor said. "I continue with that mindset". "So that hasn't changed".

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