Geno Smith has won the backup QB battle
Sorry folks, but Cardale Jones just isn’t going to cut it. Though many fans were hoping he’d be the backup quarterback going forward, he is being dominated by the more savvy Geno Smith.
Smith put Jones in a tough spot after his performance in the first preseason game and on Saturday night, he likely ended the debate.
Smith went 6-for-8 passing for 85 yards and a touchdown pass on the night, in which he saw limited work. Jones, on the other hand, completed 3-of-4 passes for 27 yards. He did rush for 41 yards in the game, an area where he is clearly better than Smith, but Smith just seems more poised as a passer.
With the Chargers leading 14-6, Smith took them on a 9-play, 78-yard drive. Noticing that Mike Williams had one-on-one coverage, he threw up a ball in the end zone, giving his big receiver and opportunity to go up and make the play, which he did. Williams hauled it in for a 25-yard score.
It was Smith’s second touchdown pass in as many games. Jones has none.
The third preseason game is generally a “dress rehearsal” for the preseason, so starters may get additional work next week, making it tough for Jones to get back in this competition. At this point, unless he does something miraculous, Smith is going to win the job and be the backup to Rivers.