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Bucs drafting QB won't change McCown's approach



New Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown met some of the draft prospects who made visits to One Buc Place last week but said even if the team uses the No. 7 overall pick on a quarterback, it won't change his approach to the upcoming season.

"If you're picking somebody in the first round, you're hoping they can help your team at some point, (but) my focus won't shift," McCown said to reporters in the second week of offseason team workouts. "My focus is, whether it's me or Mike Glennon or Mike Kafka or somebody else, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks to play good football and to help their team win football games. That wouldn't change."

McCown, 34, threw 13 touchdowns against just one interception with the Bears last season and has been named by Lovie Smith as the starter going into the season. Taking a quarterback high in the draft would likely change that at some point in the season, though McCown's presence would allow the Bucs to ease a rookie into a starting role rather than forcing him in before he's ready.

"If we pick a young guy at that spot, let's help him get ready, too," McCown said. "Because we're picking him there because we think he can helps us win games if you're picking somebody that early. Absolutely, it's about helping us win football games."

The Bucs brought three quarterbacks in last week -- Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel -- and will have Fresno State's Derek Carr in this week. McCown was in the same rookie QB class as Carr's brother David in 2002.

McCown said he learned from many veteran quarterbacks along the way -- he mentioned Kurt Warner having a "strong influence" on him with Arizona in 2005, as well as Jon Kitna in Detroit, adding that he learned from the Bears' Jay Cutler even though he's younger than McCown.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:58pm]


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