Extremely Raw. When quarterback Cardale Jones was drafted by the Buffalo Bills during the 2016 NFL Draft, the words I remember many analysts saying was “raw”. Overall, this was extremely true about the former Ohio State quarterback. Starting only a handful of college games and losing his starting job during his second full year with the team, Jones entered the NFL Draft over fighting for a starting job the next season in Columbus.
Overall, it was hard to watch Jones play even during his time in college. While he was big and strong, Jones just didn’t have the mechanics and experience necessary to make a successful jump to the NFL. However, what he did have was true athleticism, something the LA Chargers must have valued since they traded for him yesterday.
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Moving Jones to the Chargers, the Buffalo Bills managed to land a conditional seventh round draft pick. While this is a net loss considering that Buffalo used a fourth round pick on the signal-called just over a year ago, the fact that the Bills got anything for him at all makes this move a successful one for the Buffalo Bills.
Seen as a distant future option at quarterback, Cardale Jones was given a chance to prove himself at the end of 2016. Playing against the sucktastic New York Jets and having a full season to adapt himself to the NFL game, Jones failed to impress and was quite simply, taught a lesson by the Jets defense.
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Honestly, the move shocks me with the only reason being that the Bills got something in return. Adding Nathan Peterman during this past draft as the team’s development option going forward, Jones had no future with the team. Yes, he probably would have still made the roster this year as a third string player, but he had very little chance to ever be a starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
Moving Jones was a smart decision at this stage. After a year of work, Jones is still extremely raw. Joining the Chargers, he is now with his former offensive coordinator in Anthony Lynn and may get the chance he craves. It wasn’t going to happen in Buffalo though, making this another extremely smart move by the Buffalo Bills this offseason.