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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.
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Raiders signed special teamer Taiwan Jones to a three-year contract extension through 2017.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Raiders RB Taiwan Jones says he'd be open to switching back to his college position of cornerback.
"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.
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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.
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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.
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Raiders OC Greg Knapp clarified that Taiwan Jones' ball-security issues have involved practice reps.
Jones sometimes has trouble with handoffs in practice -- even without contact. The coaches are looking for improvement before entrusting Jones to a significant role on game days.
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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.