Jones signed a futures deal with the Chargers on Monday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports. Jones will remain with the Chargers through the offseason and into OTAs after spending the past two seasons on the team's practice squad. Backup quarterback Geno Smith will enter free agency this offseason, which could leave Jones the opportunity to compete for a backup role heading into the 2019 season.
The Chargers are cutting Jones loose, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Chargers initially kept three QBs on the 53-man roster but have ultimately settled on Philip Rivers and Geno Smith. The team may try to sign Jones to its practice squad.
Jones completed three of his four passes for 27 yards and also carried the ball four times for 41 yards in Saturday's 24-14 preseason win against the Seahawks. That's now two straight weeks Jones followed behind Geno Smith, leading to the prevailing theory that the former Jets quarterback appears to have the edge on the backup job.
Jones started at quarterback and was 6-of-12 passing for 50 yards without a touchdown or interception in Saturday's preseason loss to the Cardinals. Jones was outplayed by Geno Smith (218 yards passing with a touchdown and interception) as the two battle for the backup job, though neither was overly impressive. The backup role may not be decided until late in the preseason.
Jones was mentioned specifically by general manager Tom Telesco in his end-of-year press conference as someone who has "some great tools", Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports. It's a pretty generic line, but important to note given the conversation initially started with a discussion about starting quarterback Philip Rivers, and how long he might be able to play. Jones joined the Chargers during the opening week of the preseason, but failed to make much of an impression, with a handful of analysts suggesting the former Ohio State product could even be part of the team's final cuts. While Jones remained on the roster, the Chargers did retain the services of Kellen Clemens, who once again acted as the backup behind Rivers. With Clemens expected to hit free agency this offseason and a full year in the system, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Jones compete for a backup role behind Rivers this autumn.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/03||Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|
|11||11/19||Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
|17||12/29||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
|3 Year Avg||50.0||32||0||0||-0||0||1|