Jets quarterback Josh McCown gave his new team a vote of confidence in an interview with ESPN's First Take on Thursday, highlighting the positives he has seen from both veterans and newcomers alike.
"There's still some guys there that are pros," McCown said. "When you watch how a guy like Matt Forte comes in and does his job every day, Mo Wilkerson had a great spring, came in and worked hard, and our rookies coming along, Jamal Adams so impressive coming in as a rookie out of LSU, a high draft pick."
McCown, 38, is expected to compete with younger quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg for the Jets' starting job. He has spent time with 11 NFL teams dating back to 2002, when he was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals.
"I think the future is bright for our team," he said. "We've got a good mix of the right guys who are willing to help the young guys learn but [are] also committed to moving forward this year."
McCown also told ESPN that he disagrees with the notion that he is just a temporary solution at quarterback.
"As a competitor, your first reaction is, 'Well, I'm not a bridge and, if that's the case, I'm gonna be a dang good bridge,'" McCown said on Thursday's edition of Mike and Mike on ESPN. "So, for me, I understand the role that I'm in and I'm excited to come in and compete and help our team win."
McCown signed a one-year contract with the Jets in March after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. In five games last season he threw for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns, but also threw six interceptions.