The Los Angeles Chargers announced the team acquired quarterback Cardale Jones from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

But Jones shouldn’t be expecting to see much action, as he’s the fifth quarterback on the team, and long-time star quarterback Philip Rivers has started every Chargers game since 2006.

Jones was chosen in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, the 139th overall selection. He played in one game for the Bills in 2016, completing six of 11 passes for 96 yards with one interception in a 30-10 loss to the New York Jets in the season finale for both teams.

The Bills were coached in that game by Anthony Lynn, now the Chargers coach.

Jones began the 2014 season as Ohio State’s third-string quarterback. With J.T. Barrett sidelined by an injury, Jones made the first start of his college career in the Big Ten championship game and was selected as the MVP of the Buckeyes 59-0 victory over Wisconsin.

Jones then quarterbacked Ohio State to a 42-35 victory over top-ranked Alabama in a College Football Playoff semifinal and a 42-20 victory over Oregon in the College Football Playoff national championship.

Jones’ acquisition Wednesday gives the Chargers five quarterbacks — Philip Rivers, who has started every game since 2006; Kellen Clemens, who has thrown 10 passes in his three seasons with the team; Mike Bercovici, who played for the Chargers in the preseason in 2016, but was released before the start of the regular season; undrafted rookie free agent Eli Jenkins from Jacksonville State; and Jones.

—City News Service

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