COSTA MESA, Calif. — After hearing about the trade from his agent, new Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Cardale Jones said he was pleased to know he’d be in the same quarterback room as Philip Rivers.
“He’s the only guy I’ve ever met, a celebrity athlete or however you want to put it, that I got starstruck around because of how attentive he is to details about his craft,” Jones said. “And that’s how I want to be one day, something like that.
“And if I ever even touch half of that, I’ll be a pretty good player. It feels good that I can look to the right of the room and ask any question and he’ll have an answer for me.”
Jones worked out with Rivers’ younger brother Stephen Rivers during the pre-draft process last year in San Diego with quarterback guru George Whitefield.
“He came out to see his brother train a couple times, and when he was talking to his brother he was kind of talking to us,” Jones said about Philip Rivers. “The way he would talk to us about taking certain drops and not standing in the pocket and that’s not what the NFL is about … and just how detailed he was.”
The Chargers received Jones in a trade with the Buffalo Bills last week for a conditional seventh-round pick. A fourth-round selection by the Bills in the 2016 draft, the Ohio State product worked with Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn last season when Lynn served as Buffalo’s offensive coordinator.
“He’s a big quarterback,” Lynn said. “He’s more mobile than what people give him credit for. He has a nice arm and can make every throw. I…
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