The Buffalo Bills are attempting to sign free agent QB Josh McCown, reports Vic Carucci, the lead Bills writer for the Buffalo News. McCown visited the Bills on Feb. 16 and at least two other teams, Chicago and Cleveland, since then. (Source: Vic Carucci)
Fantasy Impact: Even though McCown reverted to his backup-caliber norm after a career year in 2013, he would be an instant threat to E.J. Manuel for the Bills' starting job. But in what's likely to be a run-first offense under new coordinator Greg Roman, any QB there would be a fantasy longshot.
The Cleveland Browns have expressed interest in meeting with free agent quarterback Josh McCown. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Fantasy Impact: McCown was recently released by Tampa Bay and would be a solid addition for the quarterback hungry Browns. If McCown does sign with the Browns, it would most likely signal the end of the Brian Hoyer era with the team. McCown played under offensive coordinator John DiFilippo in 2007 while both were with the Raiders.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown has sparked interest in the Baltimore Ravens organization since his release on Wednesday. He had a poor 2014 season throwing fourteen interceptions and losing four fumbles. The Ravens feel as though McCown would be a good fit as a backup QB since he worked well with Ravens new OC Marc Trestman while they both were in Chicago back in 2013. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )
Fantasy Impact: McCown, 35, had a QB passer rating of 70.5 in 2014, according to ESPN stats. He has not stated any interest in playing with the Baltimore Ravens. After all, any QB that is signed to the Ravens squad would be warming the bench, like Tyrod Taylor, unless their star QB Joe Flacco is injured. Flacco has played every game, uninjured, since his start with the Ravens in 2008.
The Buccaneers cut Josh McCown on Wednesday, leaving only Mike Glennon and Seth Lobato under contract. (Source: NBC Sports)
Fantasy Impact: This certainly makes it seem like the Buccaneers are going to go with either Mariota or Winston. It also probably makes Winston the more likely choice based on several rumors going around. First, it was rumored that Derrick Brooks offered to mentor Winston. Then, it was rumored that Lovie Smith prefers Winston and that was one of the possible reasons why he chose Dirk Koetter over Marc Trestman. Either way there is still a lot of research for the Bucs to do since this may be one of their most crucial draft picks in franchise history.
After a horrible game on Sunday, Josh McCown decided to pass the blame around. He said, "There’s a reason why 31 other teams have an offensive coordinator. It does matter. It does make a difference." He also complained about nothing being open down the field in another article. It definitely sounds like he knows that his time in Tampa Bay is coming to an end and is trying to give himself the benefit of the doubt. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Obviously, Josh McCown can not be trusted in any fantasy lineups. Also, fantasy owners should keep an eye out for who the next Bucs' QB is, since they will most likely be inheriting a well equipped offense.
Josh McCown completed 12-of-26 passes for 147 yards and 1 INT in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Fantasy Impact: It was a really rough outing for McCown and the Bucs. Lovie Smith must really have no faith in Mike Glennon to keep tossing McCown into action. Or perhaps Lovie sees McCown as his best shot at the #1 pick in next years draft. Either way, McCown was awful and will likely be shipped out of Tampa at the end of the season.
Josh McCown completed 12-of-28 passes for 154 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT in Sunday's loss to Carolina. He also added 2 runs for 21 yards and 1 TD.
Fantasy Impact: The McCown TD run was a beautiful disaster. The play summed up McCown's fantasy performance of late; ugly, frightening, improbable, and yet somehow effective. McCown takes on the Packers next week, who have been generous for opposing fantasy QBs. He is on the short list of possible streaming options for Week 16.
Josh McCown completed 20-of-39 passes for 250 yards in Sunday's loss to Detroit. He also added 2 TDs and 2 INTs.
Fantasy Impact: This is actually an admirable stat line against a ferocious Lions defense. The larger question for QB streamers for next week; are the Panthers back or did they have a fluke game against the Saints? There will likely be better streaming options next week, but McCown could be on that radar again.
Josh McCown's stats were disgraceful being 15/29 CP/AT for 190 yds with 1 INT, but his actual play was even worse. McCown proved again that he is incapable of leading the Buccaneers. During the first half, his defense gave him three different turnovers to build a lead off of. Even with his defense creating opportunities, McCown could only score 10 points during the first half. He was then given the chance on two different drives to come up with some points late in the game to win it but both drives failed around the 50 yard mark. (Source: CBS Sports)
Fantasy Impact: There should not be a single fantasy team out there that starts Josh McCown. After this week, it will be a surprise if the Buccaneers don't resort back to Mike Glennon to see what they have in the young QB. It will also be an unimaginable shocker that Josh McCown and Lovie Smith both have jobs in Tampa next year.
Josh McCown looked good during the first half when he led the Buccaneers to an early 10 - 0 lead. But, then the storm came in during the second half and all hell broke lose for McCown. In the second half alone he had two interceptions & a fumble. The Buccaneers crumbled along with McCown to lose the game 13 to 21. (Source: Chicago Tribune )
Fantasy Impact: There should not be a fantasy team outside of two quarterback leagues that even consider starting McCown. He has been inconsistent at best all season long and can not be trusted. With the Buccaneers' season all but lost, it would not be a surprise if they went back to Mike Glennon to see if they have to draft a QB in 2015. So with McCown's inconsistency and the possibility of Glennon, McCown's future looks bleak.
McCown has definitely looked good since returning from his injury and he kept that going on Sunday against the Redskins. He was mistake free while throwing for 288 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first complete game without a turnover. (Source: SB Nation)
Fantasy Impact: By now, Josh McCown should be on all fantasy radars and he is a solid backup with low end QB1 potential. Up next are the Bears who are 25th in passing yards & rank dead last in points given up. Plus the Bucs are only two games out of first so the future looks bright.
Josh McCown had an average day at the office despite throwing for over 300 yards & two touchdowns because he also threw two costly interceptions. One interception was in the endzone while the other sealed the Buccaneers' loss. (Source: CBS Sports)
Fantasy Impact: It's safe to say that the Buccaneers are still searching for a reliable answer at QB & fantasy owners have to be able to find a better answer than McCown or Glennon. The silver lining is that McCown is talented enough to get the ball to his playmakers which only helps the other fantasy stars on the Bucs.
Mike Glennon announced on his radio show that Josh McCown would be starting the week for the Bucs. (Source: WDAE 620 AM on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McCown has missed several weeks dealing with a thumb injury. Lucky for him, Mike Glennon was unable to secure the starting QB job during his absence. McCown was essentially useless for fantasy during his healthy stretch. He will likely remain off of the fantasy radar and hopefully won't drop the fantasy value of the Tampa WRs.
Josh McCown is going in for a second test on his injured thumb. He hurt his thumb by after hitting it on Robert McClain's face mask. There is concern he could have ligament damage. (Source: Foxsports.com)
Fantasy Impact: McCown wasn't tearing it up by any stretch. His departure will make way for Mike Glennon to take over. Lovie Smith has said McCown is still the starter when healthy, but one has to speculate that if Glennon can move the sticks, he will keep the job.
Josh McCown was 5/12 for 58 yards and 1 interception before leaving the Thursday night massacre against the Falcons with a thumb injury.
Fantasy Impact: Long gone are the hopes and dreams of the Trestman version of Josh McCown coming to Tampa Bay. He has not played up to the contract he was handed. Even worse now, he is looking at a sprain to his throwing thumb, giving Mike Glennon a chance to take the starting job. If Glennon shows any kind of decent play, McCown is likely back to holding a clipboard.
Josh McCown played an average game against the Rams on Sunday, but didn't play well enough to win. He was 16/21 for 179 yds and 1 INT. He also called his own number twice for 6 yards and 2 TDs.
Fantasy Impact: McCown saved his fantasy game by rushing for 2 TDs. For a QB2, he put up solid numbers. The problem is the matchup was good and the game was in Tampa. McCown has been serviceable through 2 weeks and has another delicious matchup next week against a hapless Atlanta defense.
Josh McCown went 22-for-35 for 183 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Panthers on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: McCown flashed the ability we saw last year in Chicago, but also made very avoidable mistakes. He hit Chris Owusu on a perfectly thrown ball dropped in between two zone defenders. However, pressure from the Panthers' front seven forced McCown into two costly interceptions. McCown didn't take many shots downfield, averaging a measly 5.3 yards per attempt on the day. McCown remains a spot play against weak defenses, but nothing more.
Josh McCown completed 13-of-16 passes for 112 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a Week 3 preseason contest against the Bills.
Fantasy Impact: McCown displayed command of the offense and looked very much in control leading the Bucs to a preseason victory over the Bills. McCown hooked up with Mike Evans for a touchdown on a perfectly executed stop and go double move in the first quarter. He initially threw a second touchdown to Doug Martin, but it was challenged and reversed. His lone mistake, an interception, was due to Brandon Myers losing his footing. McCown is in line to be the Bucs' starting quarterback. With the skill players at his disposal, he will turn in QB1 performances throughout the season given the right match up.
Carl Nicks and the Buccaneers have agreed on a financial settlement in order to part ways. Carl Nicks on his decision to step away: "However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers." (Source: CBS Sports)
Fantasy Impact: The Buccaneers offensive line is now on shaky ground with the departure of two ex-pro level guards and at least three new starting linemen. McCown was able to enjoy a solid offensive line in Chicago and he will likely need another reliable line in Tampa if he will enjoy similar success. As of right now it does not look very likely that the Buccaneers offensive line will be a symbol of certainty, so a drop in McCown's & receiving corp's fantasy stock should be expected.