Pederson: Josh McCown ‘still has a fire to play’
The Philadelphia Eagles took a flyer on Josh McCown however coach Doug Pederson believes he can attain bigger than stunning hold a roster purpose.
One day after the Eagles signed McCown to a one-year deal, Pederson addressed the pondering within the succor of the decision to signal the 17-year veteran quarterback.
Pederson admitted that there used to be “an actual likelihood” McCown, who retired two months earlier, don’t had been signed if backup Nate Sudfeld (wrist) used to be healthy however added that the addition is set “in conjunction with value, in conjunction with depth, and seeing the attach we’re at.”
Because it stands, McCown and rookie QB Clayton Thorson are the correct healthy alternatives within the succor of starter Carson Wentz with Sudfeld and Cody Kessler (concussion) on the mend. Given the injuries, McCown will seemingly own a immediate turnaround however Pederson thinks the journeyman QB possesses the traits a participant in his purpose needs to make basically the most of a recent opportunity.
“You bought to belief the participant, what he is telling you is the truth. Sparkling Josh and the form of person he is and the excessive persona and quality person he is, sparkling his family dynamic and every part, I suggest he soundless has a fireplace to play,” Pederson acknowledged. “I judge he is at that point in his career, if issues figure out, if he is the succor up, no topic it is, he might possibly be reveal in that purpose. He stunning needs to help and he has that need.”
A 2002 third-round draft prefer, McCown spent the final two seasons with the Jets after a 13-year flee that seen him play for eight varied teams. With two weeks to head in Eagles camp, McCown has a likelihood to play for his ninth NFL team. (He’s additionally frolicked with two others with out showing in a game.)
Needless to pronounce, McCown has viewed it all and (nearly) completed it all in this league. Pederson likes all of what McCown brings to the desk.
“He’s 40 … he is shut to my age,” Pederson joked. “I suggest, this man is a veteran. He’s been around, he is viewed loads. He’s a man that stunning can add rather a couple of info and depth precise now in that room and now we own some young guys. Scheme in and compete and present us what he can attain.
“A veteran participant that has obviously played this purpose, has began a ton of video games in this league. Enraged to fetch him going and caught up to lunge.”