Josh McCown’s season may be over, but he will still have an impact Sunday at the Saints.
Todd Bowles said Thursday that McCown will travel with the Jets to New Orleans and serve as a “player-coach” on the sideline during the game, aiding Bryce Petty in his first start of 2017.
It’s a one-week trial period for McCown, who suffered a broken hand in the third quarter of a blowout loss at the Broncos this past weekend. Bowles said it “remains to be seen” if McCown will continue in the same role for the Jets’ final two games of the season.
McCown asked Bowles to be on the sideline Sunday. Bowles said the coaching staff was going to bring the idea to McCown anyway, “if he was up to it.”
Josh McCown will still have an impact on the Jets on Sunday.
McCown was at practice Thursday, watching Petty and Christian Hackenberg during individual drills. He wore a black cast on his left arm. McCown is still sitting in on the quarterback meetings as the two young signal-callers prepare.
“He’s just helping them, giving them pointers here and there and what they should look at, what they shouldn’t look at,” Bowles said. “If he can help, he’ll help. But essentially, those guys got to go out there, and they’re going to be out there ready to play. So they got to make their decisions.”
Bryce Petty will get his first start of 2017 in New Orleans, and Josh McCown will do his best to assist him.
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Bowles believes McCown would make “an excellent coach when he’s done playing.”
“He has a feel for people,” Bowles said. “The way he sees the game, the way he relates to people is very important, and he can put all that together.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne (foot) and running back Elijah McGuire (ankle) both returned to practice Thursday in limited roles. Running back Matt Forte (knee) was the only Jet who didn’t practice.
McGuire suffered a sprained ankle on the Jets’ first offensive play Sunday in Denver. Bowles said McGuire is “getting better.” Forte, meanwhile, will be a game-time decision in New Orleans.
Safety Rontez Miles (hamstring), right guard Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle), defensive lineman Steve McLendon (hip), long snapper Thomas Hennessy (concussion) and linebacker Bruce Carter (groin) were all limited Thursday.
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Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said Thursday that the Saints feature as many as 15 personnel packages. Most teams only utilize only three of four.
“It’s the way they use their pieces that makes them difficult to stop,” Rodgers said. “From a defensive perspective you have to match all those groupings. So that makes it challenging.”
The Jets worked out Rodgers’ son, Kacy Rodgers II, earlier this week, and the defensive coordinator said the experience was “thrilling.” Rodgers II, 25, most recently played in Canada and attended the University of Miami.