Taiwan Jones was once a named many people used when looking to who the next great small-school running back could be. Jones finished the 2010 season with 1,742 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns during Eastern Washington’s national championship season.
After his junior season, Jones announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2011 NFL Draft, and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 4th round (125th overall). The Raiders had hopes Jones would emerged as a Darren Sproles-like complement to starting running back Darren McFadden, but it never happened, and the team opted to move Jones from to cornerback in hopes of getting him on the field more.
New Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen says Jones’ transition from running back to cornerback has been difficult, and his best chance of making the roster could be on special teams:
Cornerback Taiwan Jones made a nice defensive play by breaking up a slant pass intended for Andre Holmes, but his ticket to the roster remains his ability to cover kicks.
“It’s been a difficult transition for him, but when it comes down to the roster, he’s one of the best special teams players in this league,” Allen said.