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Quarterback Cardale Jones clearly fourth string at Bills minicamp

Cardale Jones sat around for a long time Wednesday before his crack at running a two-minute drill for the Buffalo Bills came up.

The wait was hardly worth it for the second-year quarterback.

Jones was intercepted on his first throw during an 11-on-11 session, airmailing the ball right into linebacker Jacob Lindsey's hands.

"I just checked it down to the running back a little too high," Jones explained. "Trying to get it over the D-line, didn't follow through all the way, and it just went over his head and right into the linebacker's hands."

One throw in June might just be a very tiny part of the evaluation process, but it wasn't a good look for Jones, who finds himself in a battle with T.J. Yates and Nathan Peterman for what will likely be two spots at quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor.

"You wait on your opportunity all day, your number is called and I kind of didn't take advantage of it," Jones said. "All I can do now is get in the film, watch it and compete tomorrow."

Quarterback reps for the two-minute drill at the end of practice went like this: Taylor, Yates, Peterman, Taylor, Jones. That puts Jones fourth on the depth chart at a position teams rarely keep more than three players.

"We're all just kind of learning the offense, understanding where everybody's got to be," he said. "My main focus is getting guys line up in the right position and knowing what I've got on every play."

Jones is at a disadvantage in terms of knowing then offense when compared to Taylor and Yates, both of whom have previously played under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. He was also drafted under a different front office and coaching staff than currently is in place, so Peterman is ahead of him in that regard, too. Considering all that, it's fair to put Jones squarely on the hot seat at training camp.

"I mean, this is my job," he said. "I understand we're going to have the players on the team that put us in the best position to win. Competition will bring out the best, not just in me, but everyone around me."

Yates led an impressive touchdown drive during his crack at the two-minute drill Wednesday, while Peterman got the team in position for a field goal. While that was going on, Jones could only watch.

"Usually we score quick or the defense stops us quick," he said. "The two drives before that were probably 10-play plus drives. So you're sitting around. You're already anxious to get in and see what you can do. Your reps end on one rep. They ended practice on that."

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