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Antonio Gates: Cardale Jones possesses 'special ability'

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Tucked away in Los Angeles behind Philip Rivers and Chargers backup passer Kellen Clemens sits Cardale Jones.

Nabbed this summer in a trade with the Bills, Jones -- reunited with coach Anthony Lynn -- has impressed at least one longtime Bolts veteran during camp.

"The ceiling is unlimited for him," tight end Antonio Gates said, per The San Diego Union-Tribune. "Whether or not he gets there all depends on the ability to process things -- on the ability to work hard and to make these sacrifices that he needs to make in the classroom and on the field. And, he's been doing a great job at that so far."

Gates went on to talk about Jones as having "special ability" and raved about his arm strength in a recent practice, saying the former Ohio State star had "it on a rope" when whipping the ball downfield.

We post this simply to magnify Jones as a young quarterback to watch this preseason. His camp work, per reports, has been a mixture of high-octane throws meshed with on-field miscues as he learns a Chargers offense that asks more of the quarterback than Buffalo's did.

The most telling part of the story is that Lynn thought enough of Jones to trade for him. Where the signal-caller goes from here, though, is entirely unknown.

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