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4 Chargers who must lay it all the line Thursday night

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers prepares to sanp the football 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 prepares to sanp the football 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) /
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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) /

Cardale Jones, Quarterback

It may be too little, too late for Cardale Jones as he’s been pretty bad during his time with the Chargers. But keep in mind that Lynn was high on the idea of bringing Jones to the Chargers as the two worked together in Buffalo, so he likely won’t give up on him easily.

Geno Smith has won the backup quarterback competition. At this point, there’s really no questioning that. But could Jones convince the Chargers to keep three quarterbacks? That’s what he’ll be trying to do.

Jones should get a lot of work in this game and will need to be much better than he’s been in the first three preseason games. In limited action, Jones has completed 10-of-19 passes for 90 yards in those three games with a lost fumble.

It hasn’t been turnovers or inefficiency that seems to be costing Jones. It’s his lack of awareness and willingness to take a shot. He looks dazed and confused with the ball in his hands at times and Smith has looked almost completely opposite of that.

It’s doubtful that the Bolts would keep all three quarterbacks, but if Jones doesn’t stay in Los Angeles, another team will likely give him a shot.

Though he was born in Cleveland, perhaps the other team in Ohio, the Cincinnati Bengals, could be on that list. Behind Andy Dalton, the Bengals have Matt Barkley and Jeff Driskel, but don’t seem to be particularly invested in either guy.

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