Recently signed Chargers wide receiver James Jones has a new language to learn.
It's not Spanish, or French, or anything linked to Rosetta Stone. It's the Chargers offense, and it has a dialect he hasn't heard before.
"When I first got here, it sounded like Japanese," he said Thursday, after his second practice with the team. "The terminology is definitely different to me than it was my last eight years in Green Bay. It's going to be a challenge, but I'll get it. Today was a little bit better than yesterday, so as long as I keep taking steps forward.
"But yeah, the terminology is definitely different."
Jones spent eight seasons with Green Bay, but did have a one-year stint in Oakland in 2014. Since he was signed right after free agency opened -- versus the first week of training camp -- the situation is different.
"I was able to go through OTAs and minicamp to be able to get the playbook down," Jones said. "That's the only different thing -- I haven't come into a training camp and had to learn the playbook a week before the game. That's a little different.
"I'll get up to speed. [My teammates] are great -- even when I'm in the huddle with Philip [Rivers] and the other quarterbacks, they're great at saying, 'James, you got it?' and if I look at them with bubble eyes, they know to tell me what I'm doing."
Because the playbook is so new, Jones has had limited reps with Rivers, though that should change as he builds familiarity. Right now it's about absorbing as much as possible at practice before burying himself in an iPad when camp breaks for the day, to continue to learn the system.
"I only get one or two reps with Philip because I don't really grasp the playbook that well, so once I grasp the offense well, hopefully I get some more reps with him and I’m able to build his trust and we'll make our chemistry from there," Jones said. "The best thing for a receiver -- or any player -- is to walk into the huddle and you really don't even have to listen, you can just focus on doing your job, not having to worry about all that other stuff."