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Taiwan Jones | Defensive Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
College: Eastern Washington
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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. Jul 7 - 6:36 PM
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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.
Source: raiders.com
Feb 24 - 1:51 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

CSN Bay Area's Paul Gutierrez expects Taiwan Jones to be the "bell cow" in Baltimore this week with FB Marcel Reece playing primarily in passing situations.

It may be the first and last time we ever see "bell cow" and "Taiwan Jones" in the same sentence. Coordinator Greg Knapp attributes Jones' limited early-season role to "ball security and assignments," noting that injuries have limited his practice reps so far. "But I'm excited for the young kid. I hope he gets a chance to get in there and get some successful plays to build his confidence," said Knapp. "He's one of the fastest I've been around. He has that ability to burst and separate right away. That trait is obviously not coachable." Jones has split first-team reps with Marcel Reece this week.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 09:58:00 PM

After stating early in the week that Taiwan Jones' ball-security issues were a concern, coach Dennis Allen insists the Raiders have "confidence" in the expected Week 10 starter.

"He's been a little up and down and a little injury-plagued, so it's been kind of tough to evaluate because he's missed some time," Allen said. "But ... if he's called on to step in and play, then we fully anticipate him stepping in to perform and do the job." Carson Palmer confirmed that Jones will "get his touches and I can't wait. He's so electrifying. He puts his foot in the ground and goes." Jones and Marcel Reece split first-team reps on Thursday. Jones will be bumped into the top-30 in Rotoworld's Week 10 rankings.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 04:15:00 PM

Taiwan Jones was the first-team tailback at Wednesday's practice.

Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are both sidelined by ankle injuries. The exceptionally fast Jones is prepping for a major boost in touches this week, but we wouldn't expect a true feature back role. He's just 6'0/195, reportedly struggles with fumbles, has been injury-prone and profiles as more of a change-of-pace option. Look for the Raiders to go pass-heavy against the Ravens, highlighting the skills of Marcel Reece and perhaps getting Jones in space. It's crucial to note that after McFadden and Goodson went down last week, Reece clearly played ahead of Jones. Our initial rankings have Reece 27th among running backs and Jones 38th.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 08:17:00 AM

The San Francisco Chronicle believes Taiwan Jones will be the Raiders' starting running back against the Ravens.

Beat writer Vittorio Tafur is connecting the dots with the Raiders appearing unlikely to sign a free agent back in the absence of Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, but most signs have suggested FB Marcel Reece will be the lead dog in the Raiders' backfield this weekend. However, Reece does have only one rushing attempt on the season compared to 26 catches. Even if Jones — who's carried the ball just one time this season, as well — ends up with more rushes than Reece, we fully expect Reece to tally more touches. He's the add in fantasy leagues, at least until we see how things play out on the field.
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 03:05:00 PM

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