QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
3 days ago

McCown did not take part in Tuesday's practice, likely due to a finger injury, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

EDGE Analysis

It's not exactly certain why McCown was held out of Tuesday's session, but he was spotted with a swollen finger Monday, so that seems to be the cause of his absence. The finger issue leaves McCown's status moving forward in question, but he will have extra time to rest and recover with the Browns on bye in Week 13. He started and threw for a healthy 322 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants, but he may not be under center when the Browns return to action with fellow quarterback and Week 1 starter Robert Griffin (shoulder) back at practice.

QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
5 days ago

McCown completed 25 of 43 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown in Week 12's loss to the Giants. He also lost two fumbles.

EDGE Analysis

Starting in place of injured Cody Kessler (concussion), McCown was able to spread the ball around to eight different receivers for a total of 322 yards -- including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Corey Coleman -- but his two turnovers and 18 incompletions marred his day. His two fumbles can be blamed on his offensive line, as the men protecting McCown allowed a whopping seven sacks, but nonetheless, McCown needs to do a better job of protecting the ball if the Browns expect to win a game this season. The Browns have a bye in Week 13, and it's unknown who will grab a hold of the quarterback reins against the Bengals the following week.

QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
2 weeks ago

With Cody Kessler in the NFL's concussion protocol, McCown will start this coming Sunday's game against the Giants, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCown is thus an option in very deep, or two-QB formats, but given the state of the 0-11 Browns' offense, he's not a high-percentage fantasy play in Week 12.

QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
2 weeks ago

Head coach Hue Jackson expects McCown to be the Browns' starting quarterback Sunday against the Giants, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Suffering the second concussion of the season in Sunday's game against the Steelers, rookie Cody Kessler yielded direction of the offense to McCown, who was 14-for-27 passing for 118 yards and one touchdown upon taking over in the third quarter. The potential exists for Kessler to be shut down due to the nature of his injury, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, thereby allowing McCown to helm the offense. Fellow quarterback Robert Griffin (shoulder) is in line to practice this week, but easing into the fold rather than getting thrown in the fire is likely the prudent approach for the 0-11 Browns. With his third start (and fifth appearance) of the season imminent, McCown is difficult to trust due to a completion percentage of 53.3 and eight turnovers (including six interceptions) to date.

QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
2 weeks ago

McCown took over for Cody Kessler (concussion) at the end of the third quarter and completed 14 of 27 passes for 118 yards and a score against the Steelers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

McCown found Gary Barnidge for the tight end's first touchdown of the season, but it was tough sledding for the veteran quarterback. He was sacked four times in the fourth quarter -- including one that resulted in him losing a fumble in the end zone. If Kessler is unable to clear concussion protocol, McCown may be in line to start in Week 12 against the Giants, although Robert Griffin (shoulder) should return to practice at some point next week.

QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
3 weeks ago

McCown was excused from Monday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCown and the Browns are coming off playing last Thursday against the Ravens, so Monday's practice was a rare session that he was given off. When he rejoins his teammates, McCown is slated to serve as backup to rookie Cody Kessler at quarterback.

QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
3 weeks ago

McCown will remain the Browns' backup quarterback following his three-turnover cameo in relief of starter Cody Kessler on Thursday against the Ravens, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCown was inserted during the third quarter of Thursday's game due to coach Hue Jackson's desire for a spark, but the veteran responded with two interceptions, one lost fumble and two three-and-outs on his five drives in charge. After that poor showing, and considering the fact that Kessler wasn't all that bad prior to being pulled, McCown will remain in his second-string gig going forward, giving the Browns more time to evaluate and develop Kessler while seeking their first win of the season.

QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
3 weeks ago

McCown completed six of 13 passes for 59 yards and threw two interceptions during Thursday's matchup with the Ravens. He also lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

McCown took over for Cody Kessler during the third quarter Thursday, but the 37-year-old was far from an improvement, as three of his six possessions ended in turnovers. It's too early to say whether or not McCown has displaced Kessler as Cleveland's starter, but his latest performance would suggest he'll remain the backup.

QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
1 month ago1 Comment

McCown will be replaced by rookie Cody Kessler as the Browns' starting quarterback Sunday against the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

McCown started versus the Jets last Sunday while Kessler was out due to a concussion, but with the rookie clearing protocol this week, Kessler will reclaim Cleveland's first-string gig. Although McCown began the season ahead of Kessler on the depth chart, the 37-year-old is hardly a long-term solution for the Browns, who want to get a better look at their 2016 third-rounder over the remainder of the campaign. So while McCown's return to fantasy relevancy was short-lived, the Browns' lack of injury luck at quarterback could always see him back taking snaps if Kessler goes down again.

QJosh McCown
QB CLE (13)
1 month ago

Head coach Hue Jackson said Monday that Cody Kessler (concussion) has been cleared to practice, which could threaten McCown's standing as the Browns' starting quarterback, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plan Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Reaching halftime of Sunday's game against the Jets with a 20-7 lead, the Browns' first win of the season was within reach, but 21 unanswered points from the visitors to begin the second half put Cleveland behind the eight ball. On back-to-back possessions thereafter, an offense that could generate nothing on the ground placed the ball in McCown's hands, and he proceeded to toss interceptions on both occasions. He did direct a 14-play touchdown drive in garbage time to reach the final score of 31-28, but the picks were effectively back-breaking. If Kessler is able to ditch concussion symptoms this week, Jackson seems willing to turn back to the rookie signal-caller, who has completed 67 percent of his passes and tossed four touchdowns versus one interception.