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Takeaways from Chargers’ 24-17 loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball during the preseason NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball during the preseason NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – AUGUST 20: Quarterback Cardale Jones #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a sack by New Orleans Saints during the second half of a preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints at the StubHub Center August 20, 2017, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – AUGUST 20: Quarterback Cardale Jones #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a sack by New Orleans Saints during the second half of a preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints at the StubHub Center August 20, 2017, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Geno Smith takes lead on Cardale Jones

With Philip Rivers sitting this one out, Cardale Jones and Geno Smith got their chance to stake their claim as the team’s backup quarterback.

Jones got the first crack at it and completed six of his 12 throws for 50 yards. But he failed to lead the team to much success. The offense gained just 143 total yards and scored only three points with Jones at the helm. He also lost a fumble.

Smith came into the game and took more chances. You can say that he did that against defenders further down the depth chart, but he still did it.

Smith looked far more dynamic than Jones and appeared more comfortable in his decision making. He completed 14 of 23 passes on the evening for 218 yards, which included a pretty 47-yard toss to Geremy Davis.

He did commit two turnovers (1 interception, 1 fumble) and that’s about the only thing keeping Jones in the competition at this point.

Most of this may be a moot point, however. It may just be a competition for who will be a good clipboard holder. That’s because no one expects anyone other than Rivers to line up under center this season. Why would they? Rivers has started every game since the 2006 season.

But in terms of this competition, to determine a backup quarterback, Smith distanced himself from Jones on Saturday night in a big way. Jones will have to claw his way back into it or he may be looking for employment elsewhere.

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