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.
Jones (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Jones has yet to dress for a game this season, which will remain the case the rest of the way unless starter Philip Rivers or top backup Kellen Clemens succumb to an injury.
According to Jack Wang of the LA Daily News , the Chargers plan to re-sign Clemens, which might push Jones back to No. 3 on the depth chart. Saturday's transaction does at least suggest the team is interested in developing Jones, who was acquired from the Bills in July in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
Jones completed 18 of 24 attempts for 158 yards and an interception in Thursday's preseason loss to the 49ers. He also carried the ball three times for 26 yards.
As predicted, Jones got the start Thursday and put together his best statistical performance thanks to sheer volume of snaps. While Jones finished his preseason with more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (0), it seems likely the Chargers will opt to keep Jones on the 53-man roster, as Philip Rivers and Kellen Clemens both transition into the twilight of their careers. Either way, it appears Jones has beaten out Mike Bercovici for the No. 3 QB role, as he played sparingly all preseason, finishing Thursday with two interceptions across six attempts.
Jones may be in line to start Thursday's preseason game against the 49ers, Dan Woike of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
With both Philip Rivers and Kellen Clemens expected to sit out Thursday's game against the 49ers, Jones will have an ample amount of snaps to impress coaches as he jockeys for a spot on the 53-man roster. Jones turned in his best performance of the preseason Saturday, throwing for 74 yards on nine completions while looking more comfortable in the pocket. With only one other quarterback, Mike Bercovici, available to play on the roster, Jones will surely play at least the first half and could extend even beyond that as the Chargers look to decide if they have their quarterback of the future in house.
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