How many of you thought that Geno Smith was going to beat out Cardale Jones to become the No. 2 quarterback on the roster? Not many, particularly since Smith is the punchline of many quarterback-related jokes.
But he’s winning this competition, pretty easily.
Jones is the more athletic player with a much stronger arm. Surely he was going to beat out Smith, the failed project of the New York Jets, right? Instead, it’s been the veteran prowess and experience that has led Smith to come into preseason games and take more chances, show more command and display more comfort within the offense.
It’s disappointing for Jones, as he was hoping to not only be the backup to Philip Rivers, but also his future successor. It seems unlikely that would be in the cards at this point.
Unless Smith falters or Jones puts forth some sort of incredile, head-turning performance in one or both of these last two games, Jones will likely be looking for a new employer soon.
Jones is 9-of-16 passing for 77 yards this preseason. He hasn’t done anything particularly poorly, other than losing a fumble, but Smith has been much more efficient and has generated points on offense, something Jones has failed to do.