Why Josh McCown Is the 'Kindergarten Teacher'

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As minicamp commenced at 1 Jets Drive Tuesday, the offensive players had their first on-field deep dive into offensive coordinator John Morton's system.

"Well, as you grow as an offense, we have a lot of it that's in and then you learn more about what guys can do what things," QB Josh McCown said. "Whether it's from a route-running standpoint or in the run game, you'll learn more obviously in August in the run game because you start putting on pads. So the majority of the offense is in, but the tweaks and the things that you design per game plan, those things obviously change. But we have a lot of stuff in, a lot of good stuff that we feel really good about, so now it's just a matter of honing it and perfecting it."

For minicamp, players are allowed to spend four additional hours in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and an extra 1.5 hours on the field compared to OTAs. While head coach Todd Bowles said there is currently no first-, second- or third-team offense, McCown was the first quarterback to lead the unit in team drills.

"He knows more, obviously," Bowles said. "He's older, so he's going to know more. At the same time, he's a good teaching tool to help those guys catch up and compete. Seeing it done and being told as it is being done is a help to them as well."

Bowles went on to say that once training camp comes around, the first-team reps will be divvied up among the three quarterbacks.

McCown is the elder statesmen in the locker room and with two young quarterbacks in Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, the 37-year-old has been the brain to pick. The 15-year vet, who is now playing on his 10th professional team, said Hackenberg and Petty have been asking tons of "great" questions and are "getting better every day."

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Bowles later joked about McCown's age compared to the youth on the team, saying, "Even when you go to kindergarten, somebody has to be the teacher."

Minicamp Day 1 Practice Notes

  • The defense had four picks highlighted by DE Muhammad Wilkerson's red-zone snag off McCown.
  • TE Eric Tomlinson hauled in a Josh McCown throw for TD in the back left corner of the end zone with a pair of defenders in coverage.
  • CB Morris Claiborne recorded an interception and a couple of PDs, one of which led to another pick.
  • WR Jalin Marshall hauled in a beautiful sideline throw from Petty with CB Morris Claiborne in coverage.
  • The Jets paired OLBs Josh Martin with Lorenzo Mauldin and Jordan Jenkins with Dylan Donahue throughout majority of spring/summer.
  • ILB Demario Davis lined up with the starting defense.

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