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After rookie Mike Glennon performed admirably when thrown into the starting role early in 2013, many could have thought that Josh McCown was signed as merely a veteran backup or healthy competition for the younger quarterback.
But Coach Smith wasted no time is making it clear that McCown was brought in to be the starter. And though McCown has been a journeyman for his entire NFL career, he flashed serious ability last year when he threw 13 touchdowns and just one interception in relief of the injured Jay Cutler in Chicago.
McCown may not be flashy, but he's got all the tools to far outplay expectations in Tampa Bay this season. The Bucs rebuilt much of their underperforming offensive line via free agency and added plenty of new weapons on offense in the draft.
McCown will get to throw to giant targets in Vincent Jackson, Evans and Seferian-Jenkins, much like the talent that surrounded him in Chicago with the likes of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Add in the leadership qualities that McCown has brought to One Buc Place, and you have a recipe for a quarterback who should be worth every bit of the two-year, $10-million contract he signed this offseason.