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Bubble players who must step up against Seahawks

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cardale Jones

While at Ohio State, Cardale Jones appeared to be a promising young future pro quarterback. It hasn’t quite worked out that way.

After being outplayed by Smith last week, Jones must find a way to keep himself in the backup quarterback competition. For him, that’s a chance to stay in the competition to be the team’s quarterback of the future as well.

After going 6-of-12 for 50 yards last week with a lost fumble, Jones has some ground to make up, especially after watching Smith throw for over 200 yards and a touchdown pass in one half of action.

But Smith did that against some of the lower-tier defenders on the Arizona roster. Jones may have the chance to put up those kind of numbers against Seattle this week if he is the third quarterback to enter the game and if that’s the case, he needs to make it count.

The Chargers were expected by many to draft a quarterback to groom behind Philip Rivers this year. That didn’t happen and Jones is one of the reasons it didn’t. The team was happy with what it had behind Rivers, who could still have three or four years left in him.

If Jones loses out to Smith, it will be considered a huge disappointment.

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