Buffalo Bills Sign QB Cardale Jones to Rookie Contract
With Tuesday's signing of quarterback Cardale Jones, the Buffalo Bills now have all seven draft picks under contract. Jones was the Bills' fourth-round draft selection (139th overall). Jones was the quarterback for Ohio State’s 2014 National Championship team, recording a perfect 11-0 record as the Buckeyes starting quarterback. Jones is a 6-5, 253-pound native of Cleveland, Ohio. He threw for 2,323 yards with 15 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 61.9 completion percentage throughout his collegiate career.
On Monday the Bills signed first-round draft selection (19th overall) defensive end Shaq Lawson. The 6-3, 270-pound native of Central, South Carolina, Lawson finished his time at Clemson as one of the school’s best all-time defensive players. In his three year collegiate career he recorded 46.5 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures and caused two fumbles in 41 games. His 25.5 tackles for loss last season led the nation.
Lawson underwent shoulder surgery in May and likely won't be available to play until November. His shoulder problem is likely why he was still available when the Bills turn to draft came at number 19 in the first round. A number of teams took him right off their prospect chart, but the Bills felt he was worth the risk. It'll likely be sometime next year when we find out if the Bills were right.