McCown makes case to stick around

August, 30, 2012
8/30/12
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CLEVELAND -- Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown received his most significant action of the preseason Thursday, when he threw for two touchdown passes in leading his team to a 28-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns to end the preseason season.

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Jason Miller/Getty ImagesJosh McCown completed 20 of 29 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday.
Instead of worrying about whether he’ll make the final 53-man roster, McCown chose to soak in the experience, knowing that “the reality is it may be the last time you put the pads on; you just don’t know.”

“All I know is they paint the field, and turn on the lights, you have to go play and play hard. That’s the only way I know how to do it,” said McCown, who completed 20 of 29 passes for 157 yards and a passer rating of 90.7. “I am proud of the guys that play with me. A lot of them were probably in junior high school when I started playing in the league, but they all play hard.”

McCown tossed both of his touchdown passes in the first half: a 30-yard TD toss down the seam to Dane Sanzenbacher, and an 11-yard touchdown to Armando Allen. At the end of the first half, McCown had racked up 137 yards through the air on 16-of-20 passing for a rating of 128.5.

McCown acknowledged that although the fourth preseason game isn’t “that big of a deal” for every player on the team, “but for the guys in there playing it is.”

“I am happy for those guys to have that moment, and play hard to finish that game.”

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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