Will Cardale Jones End Up Being A Franchise QB For The Bills?
As we all know, it’s nearly impossible to project a quarterback’s success in the NFL with any type of certainty. Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf were once considered equals but that is clearly no longer the case. All we can do is use the clues available to us and do our best to predict the future.
Out of all the quarterbacks who’s futures I’ve pondered, I’ve never come across one like Cardale Jones who had such a strange college career and so many traits that can be looked at positively and many which can be looked at negatively.
Tyrod Taylor is the incumbent starter for the Bills and barring a regression in his play or an injury he figures to be the Bills starter for the next several years. Anything can happen though in the NFL. E.J. Manuel was not expected to start his rookie season but that’s what ended up happening so let’s look at whether Cardale can be a franchise quarterback in the NFL.
Positive: He’s A Winner
Jones was thrust into the starting lineup after starting out his sophomore year as a third string player. He only won three games that year but they happened to be the Big Ten Championship, the Sugar Bowl and the National Championship against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon respectively. Not a bad resume for his first three starts. The next season he started eight games leading to a perfect collegiate record of 11-0. Now that’s what I call a winner!
Next: More Positives and Negatives on Jones