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Bills will have a private visit with Cardale Jones

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Quarterback Cardale Jones of Ohio State sits out with an injury during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bills had a degree of success last year with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, but they haven’t committed to him beyond 2016.

So it makes sense that they’re looking at quarterbacks in this draft, and guys who do what Taylor has done.

Via Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News, the Bills will have a private visit with Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, one of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s draft.

The 6-foot-5, 253-pound Jones was a dual threat in college, and led the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2014 despite being the third quarterback to start the year. But he lost the starting job last year to J.T. Barrett, showing some limitations as a passer that prompted coach Urban Meyer to make the switch.

But as a physical specimen, Jones has few equals, with the kind of size that suggests durability and a big arm. He’ll need time to adjust to the NFL, but the Bills have a starter in place in Taylor, so they aren’t in a hurry. And with EJ Manuel as the only other veteran backup on the roster, there’s clearly room for someone with Jones’ potential on the roster.

They’ve also booked a visit with Dak Prescott, so they’re likely going to look at a number of prospects, but Jones would seem like a fit in Greg Roman’s offense.

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29 Responses to “Bills will have a private visit with Cardale Jones”
  1. idoubtiwillbother says: Mar 29, 2016 7:47 AM

    Wrong guy. His weaknesses are accuracy and decision making under pressure. Cannot improve those enough to make a real go of it. Vernon Adams, however…

  2. ctiggs says: Mar 29, 2016 8:12 AM

    GO Buckeyes O H I O

  3. joetoronto says: Mar 29, 2016 8:25 AM

    Good. Tyrod needs to prove himself. Let him know you’re keeping options open if he doesn’t. But I hope they’re also encouraging and pushing him to get better, too. Tyrod could be good. But he has to improve on several aspects of his game in order to be a Money and years worthy commitment.

  4. stogie31 says: Mar 29, 2016 8:28 AM

    Great size. Tyrod has been lucky so far that he hasn’t been seriously injured. He has a slender frame, and he’s apt to get hurt badly. Jones is a big man. The guy who takes him down is gonna have a hard time.

  5. 700levelvet says: Mar 29, 2016 8:40 AM

    They could draft the next great NFL QB and it won’t matter one bit, he will never win a championship with Rex as HC… Some things you can see a mile away…

  6. ohand16 says: Mar 29, 2016 8:40 AM

    May want to look at this guy as a D tackle. He will be up near 300 pounds within 2 years.

  7. bigbensbathroombuddy says: Mar 29, 2016 8:45 AM

    Anywhere but Pittsburgh, Cardale.

  8. nhpats says: Mar 29, 2016 9:25 AM

    Is this guy afraid to attempt to recover his own fumbles?

  9. steelerben says: Mar 29, 2016 9:35 AM

    bigbensbathroombuddy says:
    Mar 29, 2016 8:45 AM
    Anywhere but Pittsburgh, Cardale.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Funny you should say that, since he’d be a great fit to spend 2-3 years behind Ben to polish up and prepare to take over.

  10. toldlikeitis says: Mar 29, 2016 9:53 AM

    Hey Gantt, Jones is not some prolific dual threat QB – he is a pocket QB who played decent in the Buckeyes not made for the NFL offense.

    Greg Roman’s offense is a ton of short passes – moving the QB to one side of the field to make an easy read to a WR 5 yards downfield – it is not a challenge the defense vertically type of offense.

  11. wallabear says: Mar 29, 2016 9:54 AM

    Jones simply doesn’t have the depth of collegiate experience or numbers that a prospect like Marcus Mariota had, coming out of Oregon. Yeah-yeah, Jones won a National Championship thanks in part to Urban Meyer, and thanks in part to Oregon/Mariota not having their key receivers playing in that contest. Surely, the Bills, in hindsight now, can see the egregious error they made in drafting EJ Manuel, just as other teams did with the 2011 draft in going after Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and Christian Ponder in the 1st Round lol-lol-lol Certainly, do your Due Diligence, but realize that a prospect like Jones is at-best a late 2nd Rounder-to-early 3rd Rounder, at best.

  12. vottorific says: Mar 29, 2016 9:57 AM

    Dude will help any team. Definitely NFL material.

  13. corkspop says: Mar 29, 2016 10:18 AM

    No, no, no, no NO! Please see “lost the starting job…” and “limitations as a passer”. He has all the signs of being EJ Manuel v2.0

  14. kneedragr says: Mar 29, 2016 10:18 AM

    The problem with these uber-athletes at the QB position is they can get very far without actually learning how to be a top QB in school. Then in the NFL they get put on a field where everyone is as good as an athlete as them and all those traits that used to be threats are gone. If they dont have an actual QB game to fall back on, they wont get very far. Im actually pretty surprised by Tyrod Taylor, because he didnt show much as a passer in VT, I know because I followed him. But he has become a student of the game and is now an average to slightly below average passer, complimented with his outstanding ability outside the pocket. If he keeps working as the passing game, Rex wont have to look for another QB to draft.

  15. nhpats says: Mar 29, 2016 10:21 AM

    If the Bengals are serious about having any shot of winning a postseason game they should consider giving this guy a shot. But alas, they will roll with Dalton and even if they manage to earn a postseason appearance they will squander it away once again….

  16. mrrmiyagi says: Mar 29, 2016 10:33 AM

    No thanks on another “physical specimen” with “big arm” and “can run” and do everything else except actually play QB. We already have EJ Manuel.

  17. vikinganswer says: Mar 29, 2016 10:35 AM

    Didn’t learn anything from the EJ Manuel experiment?

  18. pioniere says: Mar 29, 2016 10:36 AM

    Looks like the next Jamarcus Russell.

  19. spoiledsport99 says: Mar 29, 2016 10:57 AM

    If he’s a later round pick, I’m all for it. Who knows maybe Tyrod’s success is more about Roman’s system (e.g. Kaepernick). If that’s the case why break the bank on Tyrod, just keep the cupboard well stocked with similar talent.

  20. chriskap11 says: Mar 29, 2016 11:14 AM

    He could be a better option as a back up than EJ for much less

  21. jimmybrock says: Mar 29, 2016 11:21 AM

    I never thought of Cardale Jones as being dual-threat. He’s a pocket passer.

    Maybe in the right system, learning from the right people he could be success in a few years. But he is not a sure thing. But someone will draft him on day 2 because of his physical attributes.

  22. corkspop says: Mar 29, 2016 11:28 AM

    Bills do not have a viable backup QB right now. Need someone who can step in, with zero notice, and play the position. Someone with experience and skills, not a rookie. There is room on the roster for a QB project but that is in addition to the backup.

  23. joetoronto says: Mar 29, 2016 11:38 AM

    Tyrod has no hope of being good and the Bills are a joke year after year.

    No money, no QB and no hope.

  24. garyeyee says: Mar 29, 2016 11:51 AM

    Buffalo !!! Stop picking the same QB all the time! what do the scouts and GM do… Flip a coin !! Another Geno Smith or E J manual or Vince Young! hell, I could do a better job at it and I don’t even play the game!

  25. granadafan says: Mar 29, 2016 11:55 AM

    Please stop with this nonsense that Jones “won the national championship”. It was that defense that won the game and playing behind an NFL offensive line. Urban Meyer is also one of the best coaches in history. If having all day to throw to wide open receivers with an NFL defense somehow makes you an elite NFL QB prospect, then Tebow, Sanchez, AJ McCarron, Vince Young, Manziel, etc would be tearing up the league. Cardale is a very long term project, and this is why there needs be an NFL minor league.

  26. steelcitywhitty says: Mar 29, 2016 2:55 PM

    Marcus Mariota 24/37 333
    Cardale Jones 16/23 242

  27. captainwhodat says: Mar 29, 2016 3:39 PM

    qb guru Rex and CJ: what could possibly go wrong…

  28. tfootball1234 says: Mar 29, 2016 9:56 PM

    same…old…bills.

  29. maxkingpin says: Mar 29, 2016 10:09 PM

    You draft Cardale Jones to be converted to TE or LB.
    He is not ever going to be a QB in the NFL

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