Josh McCown is a fiery competitor and he wants nothing more than to be the Jets’ starting quarterback. But McCown, who is entering his 15th NFL season, has every intention of helping both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg take their games to the next level.
“If I’m helping those guys and they’re at their best, then it’s pushing me to be at an even better level,” he said recently. “At the end of the day, everybody improves and gets better and ultimately the team wins. That’s the idea. We’ll compete like crazy.”
McCown has a big advantage in terms of experience, having started 60 career games and lined up in 82 contests. Petty appeared in six games while making four starts last season and Hackenberg, a second-round pick in 2016, did not taste NFL action as a rookie.
“Both are gifted throwers with the football, they can really spin it. I envy some of that, but both are really willing to work and do what it takes to learn this offense,” McCown said.
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