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Josh McCown Right Quarterback for Buccaneers

August 12th, 2014 at 5:48 PM
By Michael Compton

Evan Dietrich-Smith, center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defended quarterback Josh McCown to the press this week following a lackluster preseason opener last Friday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

[Michael Compton photo/Josh McCown]

"It's all knee-jerk reaction stuff," Dietrich-Smith said on ESPN. "Josh is a great leader. The guy's been around the league for a long time and he's been around the league for a long time for a reason, because the guy can play football. He knows what he's doing, he's a savvy guy, he knows where he's going with the ball. What happened out there was us as a front not giving him time to work. We had some positive plays that were negated by penalties on our part. That hurt us and we were never on schedule."

Dietrich-Smith believes the game against the Jaguars is not a true indication of what McCown can do on the field. McCown completed two of four passes for 20 yards in the preseason opener, was sacked twice, fumbled twice and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

"To sit there and all of the sudden say that this guy can't do his job, I think is a little out of control and a little ludicrous," Dietrich-Smith said. "For me, I have complete and utter trust in the guy. I think we have great chemistry out there. He's one of those guys that you sit in the huddle and when he's talking to you, you can tell he's loose, he's relaxed. That's the kind of stuff you need from a leader."

Dietrich-Smith has also been impressed with McCown’s work ethic in camp. The veteran quarterback is entering his 12th season in the NFL.

"The guy studies his butt off," Dietrich-Smith said. "He's usually the first guy in, last guy out. Just grinding film, talking to the (offensive coordinator), pulling ideas off me. I could go on and on about the guy. But I'm just letting you know that the guy is the right guy for the spot."

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