With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets.
"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."
McCown passed for 72 yards and one touchdown after completing 3-of-4 passes on his first drive of action in the Jets' preseason opener. Head coach Todd Bowles has said McCown's veteran presence has not gone unnoticed.
"Josh has been great since he's been here," Bowles said. "He talks to those guys quite a bit. Although it's been competitive, he also tries to help and be a mentor, and that's a plus having an extra coach."
Petty finished Saturday going 2-for-6 from behind center, while Hackenberg got the bulk of playing time and completed 18-of-25 chances for 127 yards.