Former Buffalo Bills’ draft pick Cardale Jones has another strong performance for the DC Defenders in the XFL, leading his team to a 2-0 start.
The XFL continues to have a strong start to the new version of their football league and for the second straight week, Cardale Jones showed to be one of the best players in the league.
Last week, he went 16 of 26 for 235 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions as the Defenders beat the Seattle Dragons by a score of 31-19. He was asked this past week to throw the ball more and still performed at a high level by going 23 of 37 for 276 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Defenders went on to win yesterday’s game by a score of 27-0 over the New York Guardians.
Cardale Jones career path has certainly been an interesting one that includes winning a national championship with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2014 in only his third career start. He elected to return to Columbus instead of going into the NFL Draft and lost the starting job to J.T. Barrett.
He saw his draft stock plummet but the Buffalo Bills took a chance in the 2016 NFL Draft and selected him in the fourth round.
However, he never really got a chance to compete for the starting job with the Bills already having EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor on the roster. He did play the final quarter in Week 17 against the New York Jets, throwing for 6 for 11 for 96 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. This would end up being Jones’ only regular season action.
Jones’ rookie season was Rex Ryan’s last with the Buffalo Bills and with Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane now leading the organization, the team traded Jones to the Los Angeles Chargers prior to his second season in the league. He spent a few seasons with the Chargers but even though he played well in the preseason, he never got a chance to show it during the regular season playing behind Phillip Rivers.
However, if he continues to play like this, and showing what he is capable of in live-game action, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Cardale Jones get another shot come this summer to prove he is good enough for a roster spot in the NFL.