This is an obvious one.
Cardale Jones and Geno Smith will battle for the backup quarterback spot in a competition that could be considered a toss-up. Some fans will want to lump undrafted rookie Nick Shimonek into the competition, but he’s battling for a spot on the practice squad at best.
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This will be an interesting competition but only because it will dictate a possible direction for the Chargers’ future. Rivers has started every game for the team since 2006 and that isn’t expected to change barring injury.
Should the team go with Jones, it could indicate that it sees him as a potential successor to Rivers. However, if Smith beats him out, it’s clearly just a potential band-aid, no different than Kellen Clemens.
Jones is likely the preferred choice but he struggled during the time he was given on the field last preseason. Smith has played in many more games throughout his career and has the experience edge on Jones. He’ll also be the answer to a trivia question as he was the man who started in favor of Eli Manning last season, ending his streak of over 200 consecutive starts.
This one will be one to watch for sure.