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Cardale Jones

Cardale Jones
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Jones in 2015
DC Defenders
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-29) September 29, 1992 (age 27)
Cleveland, Ohio
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 139
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Big Ten Championship Game MVP (2014)
  • CFP national champion (2015)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Pass completions:6
Pass attempts:11
Passing yards:96
Passer rating:46.0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Cardale Jones (; born September 29, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the DC Defenders of the XFL. He played college football at Ohio State. At the beginning of the 2014 season, Jones was listed as third on the Ohio State depth chart at quarterback. However, after injuries to Braxton Miller[1] in August and J. T. Barrett in November,[2] he started for the Buckeyes during the College Football Playoff National Championship. Jones was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Los Angeles Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Early years

Jones attended Ginn Academy in Cleveland, Ohio and played football for Ted Ginn, Sr. at Glenville High School.[3][4] Students at Ginn Academy are allowed to play at Glenville High.[4] Jones led the Tarblooders to the OHSAA D-I Championship game in 2009.[5] While at Glenville, Jones also lettered in basketball and track. Jones was ranked by as a three-star recruit.[6] He committed to Ohio State University in October 2011. In order to improve his academic standing, Jones attended Fork Union Military Academy for a semester prior to his enrollment at Ohio State University in January 2012 and was roommates with Michael Thomas.[7]

College career

2012 season

Jones redshirted as a freshman and thus did not play, but nevertheless drew controversy when he posted the following on his Twitter account:

The tweet received heavy criticism and Jones was suspended for one game.[11][12] The tweet was featured as an example of bad social media behavior in the "Best Practices on Social Media" section of a textbook for "The Ole Miss Experience," a freshman year class at the University of Mississippi.[13][14] In March 2014, head coach Urban Meyer described Jones as a "different guy" who was "making progress in the classroom."[15] Later, Jones provided context for the tweet:

Ultimately, on May 7, 2017, Jones graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor's degree in African-American Studies.[17]

2013 season

Cardale was sparingly used during his freshman season after red-shirting the 2012 season, playing only 39 snaps, attempting one pass and rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.[18]

2014 season

Jones in 2014, while at a spring game

After entering the 2014 season as a redshirt sophomore, third on the Buckeyes' depth chart, Jones made his first start of his college career in the Big Ten Championship Game in place of J. T. Barrett, who had been injured the prior week versus Michigan. Jones led the #6 (AP) ranked Buckeyes squad to a 59-0 victory over the #11 ranked Wisconsin Badgers, on the eve of the NCAA football committee's inaugural playoff selection.[19] Jones was named MVP of the game.

Cardale Jones made the second start of his college career, and the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 42-35 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Oregon Ducks. In the championship game, he excelled once again and led the Buckeyes to a 42-20 victory over the Ducks. Jones recorded 280 all-purpose yards, scoring two touchdowns. He completed 16 of 23 attempted passes for 242 yards, with one touchdown and one interception and ran for another 38 yards and a touchdown.[20] The day after winning the National Championship, Jones discussed his future football career. In a news conference, Jones said that while he did not officially rule out declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft, he believes that he is "not ready for that level yet," partly because he has only started in 3 college football games.[21] Jones confirmed on January 15, 2015 that he would not declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, and would stay with Ohio State for at least another year, most probably until he graduated.[22]

2015 season

After a competition with Barrett that lasted the entire offseason, Jones was named the Buckeyes' starting quarterback immediately before gametime in Ohio State's season opener at Virginia Tech. Both he and Barrett remained listed as co-starters on the depth chart headed into September 12 meeting with Hawaii.[23][24] He set career highs in passing yards and completions and passing yards against Maryland on September 10, 2015 with 21 completions, 291 passing yards, and two passing touchdowns.[18] After starting the first seven games of the season, he was benched in favor of Barrett.[25] After Ohio State's final home game, he announced his intention to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.[26]

College statistics

Season Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Yds Pct TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2013 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 17 128 7.5 1
2014 56 92 860 60.9 7 2 160.2 72 296 4.1 1
2015 110 176 1,460 62.5 8 5 141.5 64 193 3.0 2
NCAA career totals 167 270 2,323 61.9 15 7 153 617 4.0 4

Professional career

At the 2016 NFL scouting combine, Cardale suffered a hamstring injury during his second 40-yard dash attempt, ending his workout prematurely.[27]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
253 lb
(115 kg)
(0.86 m)
(0.25 m)
36 in
(0.91 m)
All values from NFL Combine[29]

Buffalo Bills

Despite only starting 11 games in his college career, Jones was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, with the 139th overall selection, by the Buffalo Bills. On June 7, 2016, the Bills signed Jones to a rookie contract. In 2016, he was inactive for the first 15 games of the season as the third-string quarterback behind primary backup EJ Manuel and starter Tyrod Taylor.[30] With Taylor being inactive for the final game of the season against the New York Jets, Jones was promoted to second string. Jones entered the game to begin the fourth quarter after Manuel was benched. Jones completed 6-of-11 passes for 96 yards and no touchdowns with one interception.[31][30]

Los Angeles Chargers

On July 26, 2017, Jones was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for a conditional draft pick.[32]

On September 2, 2018, Jones was waived by the Chargers and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[33] Jones signed a reserve/future contract with the Chargers on January 14, 2019.[34]

On August 31, 2019, Jones was released by the Chargers.[35]

Seattle Seahawks

On September 7, 2019, Jones was signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad.[36] He was released on September 18.[37]

DC Defenders

Jones was allocated to the DC Defenders of the XFL on October 15, 2019.[38] He signed a contract with the team on November 4, 2019.


Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2016 BUF 1 0 6 11 54.5 96 8.7 0 1 46.0 1 -1 -1.0 0



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  34. ^ Henne, Ricky (January 14, 2019). "Chargers Sign Eight to Reserve/Future Contracts".
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