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J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are still competing in NFL camp

The former Buckeyes are no strangers to QB competitions, and the Saints and Chargers had their own fun this week at joint practice.

For several years, quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones competed for their place on the depth chart at Ohio State, first as backups to Braxton Miller, and then for the starting position. In addition, Buckeye fans often got a healthy dose of the competitive streaks during each year’s spring game, where they’d show off their accuracy and power in drills.

Just because they are both now in the NFL — Barrett as an undrafted free agent with the Saints, and Jones with the Chargers — doesn’t mean things have changed.

When the Saints and Chargers held joint practice this week, the quarterback groups had a friendly competition.

Each QB on each team would get 8 throws:

  • 4 shots to knock buckets off the stand up dummies (1 point a piece)
  • 1 shot at the crossbar on the uprights (2 points)
  • 1 shot to hit the top of the skills net (2 points)
  • 2 shots at a moving net (3 points a piece)

The first QB up was J.T. Barrett for the Saints. He hit all four buckets for four points, but missed everything else — it looked like he had made his first throw toward the moving net, but it appears to have just hit the net (not go in the net). 4 points total

Cardale Jones was the second QB to throw for the Chargers, and was pretty much the complete opposite of Barrett — which, if we’re being honest, was why it was so hard to choose between the two at Ohio State.

Jones hit only two of four buckets, but was able to hit the top of the skills net, and made one of his two throws at the moving target. 7 points total

So, while the two aren’t really competing with each other for a spot on a depth chart anymore, it’s fun to see two Buckeyes who seemed like genuine friends during their time in Columbus getting a chance to relive some of the good old days.

Ultimately, the Saints won the battle 25-23, but Jones outscored Barrett, so it’s a stalemate.