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McCown completed five-of-seven passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
Following a disastrous preseason opener, the Bucs' first-team offense looked much better in their second outing. McCown could lose his job to Mike Glennon if he struggles during the season, but the veteran is a essentially a lock to be starting come Week 1. The Bucs look rather shaky at both guard spots, but the rest of the offensive line should be solid, and the skill position talent is enticing.
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McCown struggled in Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars, completing just two-of-four passes for 20 yards, with one of his errant throws going for a pick-six.
According to FOX Sports 1's Jenna Laine and pretty much everyone else, the Bucs' offensive line was terrible. There were multiple penalties and two sacks, the second of which resulted in a lost fumble. Due to their struggles, the Bucs' first-teamers surprisingly played three series, two of which ended with turnovers. There's no need to panic over a few bad plays in the preseason, but the offensive line is a major concern in Tampa Bay. On the other hand, the team has excellent talent at the skill positions, and we already saw last season in Chicago that McCown can thrive in the right situation. Unless he turns in a few more disastrous performances like this one, McCown probably won't face much of a threat from Mike Glennon. Of course, should he struggle during the regular season, McCown will likely have Glennon breathing down this neck.
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Josh McCown enters training camp "entrenched" as the starting quarterback.
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The Bucs' website confirms Josh McCown is "expected to start at quarterback this season."
Bucs brass has called McCown-Mike Glennon a training camp battle at times since the draft, but it's pretty clear McCown is viewed as the 2014 starter. The Bucs also specifically drafted to suit McCown's skill set, arming him with plus-sized receiver Mike Evans, and jumbo tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in an attempt to mimic the Bears' 2014 offense. Glennon will be Tampa Bay's clear backup. McCown will be worth a late look in two-quarterback leagues.
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ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Live Friday that Josh McCown remains the heavy favorite to start at quarterback in Tampa.
The Bucs have gone to great lengths to perform damage control after failing to trade Mike Glennon during the draft. McCown is going to be the starter. "Josh McCown, no matter what Lovie (Smith) says, was brought in to start," Mortensen said. We've been impressed with the Bucs' offseason, but their quarterback tactics are easy to see through. Glennon will open the year as McCown's backup.
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Josh McCown said he has as "comfort zone" when throwing to big receivers.
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Bucs GM Jason Licht insists the team will have a quarterback competition.
"Somebody has to take the first rep," Licht said. "It's going to be Josh McCown. But the keys haven't been completely handed over to him." Coach Lovie Smith declared McCown the starter shortly after his signing, but Licht is trying to keep the door open for second-year pro Mike Glennon. It's understandable, but all signs point toward McCown leading a veteran-laden squad that's looking to compete in 2014.
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Asked if Josh McCown would be his quarterback for the 2014 season, Bucs coach Lovie Smith replied "yes, he is."
There isn't going to be any competition with second-year pro Mike Glennon. Turning the keys over to a 34-year-old veteran who's made seven starts since 2007 isn't exactly an orthodox move, but the Bucs are going all in on 2014. Smith has never had much patience for young players, and Glennon cratered down the stretch as a rookie after getting off to a promising start. There's still a high-percentage chance Glennon makes starts this season, however.
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Bucs agreed to terms with QB Josh McCown, formerly of the Bears, on a two-year, $10 million deal.
McCown is leaving quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman behind for a chance to compete for a starting job. New Bucs coach Lovie Smith has never been one for young players, and will likely give McCown every opportunity to unseat Mike Glennon. McCown's play as a 34-year-old journeyman was one of the best stories of the 2013 season, but a feat he's going to have major trouble repeating without Trestman's guiding hand. New Bucs OC Jeff Tedford is a quarterback guru in his own right, but has never coached at the NFL level. McCown is worth rooting for, but there's major bust potential here.
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Free agent Josh McCown will visit the Bucs, Texans and Jets.
McCown will visit the Bucs first. All three clubs are quarterback-needy, but the Bucs and Bears are believed to be the favorites for McCown's services. Quite often in free agency, players never leave their first visit.