Cardale Jones could be getting his shot in the NFL next season.
According to a report from the Buffalo News, Bills General Manager Doug Whaley likes the idea of going with the former Ohio State quarterback under center next season. The Bills could be parting ways with 2016 starter Tyrod Taylor in the coming weeks because of his contract situation.
Jones was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but played in just one game last season — a Week 17 contest with no playoff implications. Jones went 6-for-11 passing for 96 yards and an interception in that game against the Jets.
If the Bills don’t bring back Taylor, they also could select a quarterback in the draft. Buffalo has the 10th overall pick in April’s draft.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones broke out at Ohio State during the Buckeyes run to the national championship during the 2014 season. Jones replaced an injured J.T. Barrett and led the team to Big Ten and national titles, becoming a superstar in a three-game span.
Jones’ magic fizzled the following season when he and Barrett split reps and neither quarterback flourished.
But Jones has shown he can step up and play in big games. Will the Bills give him the chance to start?