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Taiwan Jones | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
College: Eastern Washington
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Raiders KR/RB Taiwan Jones weighed 205 pounds in March.
Coming off foot surgery, Jones was down to 180. He packed on 25 pounds of muscle, which should help in kickoff coverage. Jones, who ran a 4.33 coming out of Eastern Washington, will be in the mix for punt and kickoff return duties as well. Jul 14 - 9:54 AM

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Raiders CB/ST Taiwan Jones is moving back to running back.

The No. 125 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Jones was drafted as a running back, but was designated as a corner the past two seasons. A special teamer by trade, Jones spent the vast majority of 2014 on injured reserve with a foot injury. Jones has averaged 4.3 yards on 27 career carries. We expect he'll see few, if any, offensive snaps in 2015.
Apr 21 - 7:19 PM

Raiders will place CB/ST Taiwan Jones (foot surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

He was set to miss 4-6 weeks, but the Raiders can't wait around for Jones to get healthy when he only contributes on special teams. One of GM Reggie McKenzie's prized offseason re-signings, Jones was inked to a four-year, $5 million extension last February. He's done for the year after one game.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Raiders special teamer Taiwan Jones will miss 4-8 weeks with a foot injury.

It makes Jones a candidate for injured reserve/designated to return. Playing under a four-year, $5 million deal, Jones is one of the league's highest-paid special teamers.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 05:44:00 PM

Raiders special teamer Taiwan Jones wants to play more cornerback this season.

Jones played just ten snaps in his first season as a full-time corner in 2013. He knows his main contributions will come on special teams -- where he racked up a team-high 14 tackles last season -- but wants to become more complete. Jones inked a three-year contract extension in February.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 06:36:00 PM

Raiders signed special teamer Taiwan Jones to a three-year, $4.355 million extension through 2017.

It's a hefty sum for a position-less special teamer. The last we heard from Jones, coach Dennis Allen was terming his conversion from running back to cornerback as "difficult." The No. 125 pick of the 2011 draft, Jones has flamed out on both sides of the ball, but is a solid gunner. Jones played 10 snaps on defense last season. He graded out as slightly above average in Pro Football Focus' special teams ratings. It's an underwhelming first move of the offseason for on-the-spot GM Reggie McKenzie.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Coach Dennis Allen says Taiwan Jones' transition from running back to cornerback has been "difficult."

"It’s been a difficult transition for him," Allen said. "But when it comes down to the roster, he’s one of the best special teams players in this league." Special teams are going to be Jones' ticket to a 53-man roster spot. If he sees the field on defense this season, the Raiders are in serious trouble.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 10:55:00 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur observed at OTAs that RB-turned-CB Taiwan Jones will face a "steep uphill climb" to make the Raiders' 2013 roster.

Jones has enough size and speed for the transition, but he's a huge project as a third-year player already changing positions. We don't see Jones as a member of Oakland's five-deep at cornerback. He may not even make it to camp.
Mon, May 20, 2013 01:52:00 PM

GM Reggie McKenzie says Taiwan Jones will likely move from running back to cornerback this season.

McKenzie says it best fits Jones' "skill set." Jones played both positions during his college career at Eastern Washington, but he hasn't played corner since 2008. Jones couldn't get on the field last year as a running back, even when Oakland was banged up in the backfield. The transition will be a huge project.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 12:55:00 PM

Raiders RB Taiwan Jones says he'd be open to switching back to his college position of cornerback.

Jones played both positions in college. "I've thought about it a lot," Jones said Friday. Jones is buried at No. 4 on the Raiders' running back depth chart, but has excelled as a gunner on special teams. Although the lightning-quick Jones believes he could hold his own at corner, the odds of a potential switch being successful are low. Of course, Jones' future at corner doesn't appear any more dismal than his future at running back. The 2011 fourth-round pick has just 22 carries in 21 career games.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 06:19:00 PM

Taiwan Jones (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Bengals.

Jones was a late addition to the injury report this week and practiced on limited basis Friday. If active, he'll be used as a strict-backup to Marcel Reece. Darren McFadden (ankle) and Mike Goodson have been ruled out and remain without a timetable for return.
Sat, Nov 24, 2012 08:28:00 PM

Taiwan Jones rushed just three times for 13 yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss to the Saints.

Jones briefly left the game in the first half with an ankle injury but returned and seemed fine. Jeremy Stewart saw two carries as well behind bell-cow back Marcel Reece. Jones is far from seeing meaningful snaps in Oakland.
Sun, Nov 18, 2012 08:39:00 PM

Raiders OC Greg Knapp clarified that Taiwan Jones' ball-security issues have involved practice reps.

"Sometimes it's handoffs and sometimes it's been on contact," Knapp said, adding that Jones has also struggled with blocking assignments. The coaches are looking for improvement before entrusting Jones to a significant role on game days.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 06:33:00 PM

Following Sunday's loss to the Ravens, coach Dennis Allen admitted that he doesn't trust Taiwan Jones.

Jones played behind both Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart Sunday. "We have to know when he goes into the game, he's going to know what to do and he's going to protect the football and he's got to be able to stay healthy ... as he improves those things, he'll get more playing time," Allen said. To Jones' credit, he didn't complain or sulk. "It's my job to earn their trust," he said. It's unlikely the speedy Jones will be able to do that before next week's game against the Saints.
Sun, Nov 11, 2012 08:28:00 PM

Taiwan Jones rushed just twice for six yards and caught a seven-yard screen pass in the Raiders' Week 10 loss to Baltimore.

Both coach Dennis Allen and OC Greg Knapp stated publicly that Jones wasn't trusted by the coaching staff leading up to the Week 10 game, so it really shouldn't surprise anyone that his role was so minimal. The fact that he only got two touches and was a third-stringer behind Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart was telling. Hang onto Jones to see what happens as we proceed toward Week 11 against the Saints, but it's hard to imagine reinserting him into fantasy lineups.
Sun, Nov 11, 2012 04:54:00 PM

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