Taiwan Jones DB OAK 5 days ago4 Comments

The Raiders plan to move Jones to running back, the team's official site reports.

Jones was originally drafted as a running back in 2011 before moving to cornerback in 2013. Now that he's healthy after missing 15 contests last season due to a foot injury, he'll provide the Raiders with RB depth and value as a special-teamer. Despite the position change, Jones is still off the fantasy radar, while working in a backfield that also rosters Latavius Murray, Trent Richardson, Roy Helu and fullback Marcel Reece.

Taiwan Jones DB OAK 7 months ago

Jones (foot) will be placed on injured reserve by the Raiders, CSN's Scott Bair reports.

In a corresponding move, the team plans to promote linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu from the team's practice squad. Jones' absence will be felt most on the Raiders' special teams.

Taiwan Jones DB OAK 8 months ago

Jones will miss 4-to-8 weeks due to the foot injury suffered in Week 1, Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports.

With such a timetable, Jones may be a candidate for the IR/designated-to-return list. As long as he's sidelined, Maurice Jones-Drew will hold down the fort at running back, with Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray providing support.

Taiwan Jones DB OAK 8 months ago

Jones (knee) is expected to miss a significant amount of time, CSN Bay Area reports. "I would imagine that he would be out for some time," head coach Dennis Allen said.

Allen left Sunday's game against the Jets with a foot injury and did not return. While the team is yet to provide a timetable, it does not appear that he's slated to return any time soon, and it's possible a move to IR could be in his future.

Taiwan Jones DB OAK 10 months ago

Raiders special teamer Taiwan Jones wants to play more cornerback this season.Jones played just ten defensive 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, once again in 2014, but wants to become more complete. Jones inked a three-year contract extension in February.

Taiwan Jones DB OAK 10 months ago

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

Jones played just ten defensive 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-hgih 14 tackles, once again in 2014, but wants to become more complete. Jones inked a three-year contract extension in February.

Taiwan Jones DB OAK 1 year ago

Raiders signed special teamer Taiwan Jones to a three-year contract extension through 2017.

Taiwan Jones DB OAK 2 years ago

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 is 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.

Taiwan Jones DB OAK 2 years ago

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.

Taiwan Jones DB OAK 2 years ago

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 early 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.