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Josh McCown Preparing For Season With Raiders

They are the first family of quarterbacks in East Texas, and all three McCown brothers, Randy, Josh and Luke, are in town for their annual quarterbacks and receivers camp this weekend.

Josh returns home as the defending champion of the NFL's QB Challenge, played in the Cayman Islands this past May.

"They got in a pinch where a couple fo guys had canceled and having problems with passports and what-not," Josh said.  "So it was an opportunity.  I said, I'll go do it, and it ended up turning out really well for me.  I'm happy that I won, it was exciting, but still, there's nothing like the real game and the real deal."

"Luke and I both get in so it's good family time for us," Josh said.  "and again as always it's great to get back to the community and the kids in East Texas."

It wasn't too long ago that Josh was one of those kids in East Texas, slinging the football on Friday nights for Jacksonville High School. Now, he's a 6-year NFL veteran, back home to pass along a few nuggets of wisdom to the next generation of East Texas players.

"When we were little if we could have had a professional athlete of any kind that would have been special to us," Josh said.  "While (the East Texas kids) are getting exposure to an NFL player, at the same time, they're getting exposure to an East Texas kid just like them, that just grew up here, worked hard and was blessed to be able to make it this far."

The East Texas kids aren't the only youngsters McCown is tutoring. He's battling this years top draft pick, JaMarcus Russell, for playing time in Oakland.

"His skill set and with what he can do throwing the football brings out the best in me, but at the same time, there's a lot of things that I can help him with," Josh said.  "Jake Plummer, Kurt Warner, John Kitna, being around guys like that that passed things on to me so it's fun to do them justice by passing things on to a young guy like JaMarcus."

McCown is also excited about playing for the young and very intense Lane Kiffin.

"I love Coach Kiffin," Josh said.  "He's a bright guy.  He's very wise and he's going to bring a dynamic leadership to the organization that's much needed."

That leadership has caused a few problems for the organization so far, though.  His "total commitment to improving the team", which included some very intense optional team activities (OTA's), has led the NFL Players Association to shut down the Raiders OTA's until training camp starts.

"It's so funny because it comes out that they want to blame the coaches," Josh said about intense practices.  "Obviously the coaches are coaching hard, but I think it's just the nature of the players.  I think if we were all out there by ourselves it would get that competitive." 

Josh said he as been using the down time to absorb the Raiders offensive playbook.  In his six professional seasons, Josh has had a new offensive coordinator every year.  That means, he has had to learn six different NFL offensive systems, including the mad scientist, Mike Martz in Detroit.  Josh has taken the added challenges in stride.

"You learn tidbits here and there from all of these offenses," Josh said, "and hopefully it will make me a good coach some day if I decide to do that."

The McCown passing camp is this Friday from 4pm-8pm and Saturday from 8am-Noon at Jacksonville High School.  The cost is $125. For more information call 903-586-5642.

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