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RB Taiwan Jones - Oakland Raiders

6-0, 194Born: 7-26-1988College: Eastern WashingtonDrafted: Round 4

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 23): Jones suffered a knee injury during Oakland's loss to the Lions. He didn't return to the game, and will be evaluated further on Monday.

General News (Fri Nov 27): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Fri Nov 27): did not practice on Thursday.

Week 12: at Tennessee Titans

All RB vs TEN

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Latavius Murray suffered along with the rest of the Oakland offense as the team fell apart in Detroit last week - Murray had a TD to save his fantasy owners (13/28/1 rushing on the day) but it was far from the explosive offensive fireworks most expected against the collapsing Lions. We'll see if the Raiders can get back on track this week. The Tennessee rush D is ranked 17th in the NFL averaging 110.1 yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores given out to date. They have been fifth-most-difficult to get fantasy points on over the past four weeks, though, averaging just 12.3 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs - Jacksonville could only manage 23/90/0 rushing against the Titans last week. This looks like a tough matchup for Murray as he looks to rebound along with the rest of the Raiders' offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs NYJ 8 2 5 0 1 1 59 1 0 12.4
9 at PIT 10 2 0 0 1 1 6 0 1 -1.4
10 vs MIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 at DET 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 at TEN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 at TEN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 9 vs PIT (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Jones had trouble holding onto the ball in the first half. On an early reception, he lost the ball as he went to the ground but was ruled down. He received a pair of carries back-to-back in the second quarter and put the ball on the ground on the second carry. He was lucky that it bounced harmlessly out of bounds. Jones put the ball on the ground again and lost a fourth-quarter kick return fumble that setup a short Steelers touchdown.

2015 Week 8 vs NYJ (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 59 / 1 rec)

Despite limited touches, Jones has been the Raiders most impressive back in recent weeks. He looks to be solidifying his hold on the 3rd down/change-of-pace back job behind Latavius Murray. The Raiders offense is extremely dangerous with Jones in the backfield. They are using his speed to attack the perimeter and have had a lot of success on a play-action fake to Jones out of the shotgun in which Carr has a decision on whether to give to Jones or pull it and quickly fire a pass down the seam. This play has been prevalent in recent years in college football and is gaining popularity in the NFL now as well. Jones had a highly impressive 11-yard run called back due to penalty. Jones made a highlight reel play for a 59-yard touchdown. He caught the ball six yards behind the line of scrimmage, broke the first tackle and then shimmied past the next defender, and broke one more tackle to get in the open field. Once he was free, nobody was catching the blazing-fast back. This play was all Jones as he turned what should have been a short gain at best into a long touchdown that really broke the game open. He has earned more opportunities and should see more snaps going forward; especially if the Raiders should find themselves playing from behind.

2015 Week 7 vs SD (3 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Lined up in the slot and converted a key 3rd-down play early to move the chains. Looked smooth and lightning fast on the play. On the next drive, ripped off a 15-yard run around the right end. His ability to line up out wide and then motion into the backfield (and vice versa) brings a nice element to the offense. Jones picked up a pair of first downs running the ball on 3rd down early in the second half and his speed really caused problems for the defense. He should continue to see more work in that role going forward.

2015 Week 3 vs CLE (2 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones looked dangerous on his pair of back-to-back carries. He makes guys miss and runs tougher than his size would suggest. Murray will continue to dominate the RB touches, but Jones remains ahead of Helu in the pecking order as the top backup.

2015 Week 2 vs BAL (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Jones split out wide and converted a 3rd-and-2 catch into a first down. He remains the #2 back but isn't heavily involved in the weekly gameplan.


Latest News

Raiders | Week 12 inactives for Raiders (Sun Nov 29, 11:36 AM) - The Oakland Raiders have declared TE Gabe Holmes, DB Keith McGill, OT Khalif Barnes, LB Neiron Ball, WR Rod Streater, C Rodney Hudson, RB Taiwan Jones inactive for Week 12.

Raiders | Friday injury report for Week 12 (Fri Nov 27, 06:49 PM) - Oakland Raiders LB Neiron Ball (knee) and CB Keith McGill (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 27, and have been ruled out for the Week 12 game against the Tennessee Titans. C Rodney Hudson (ankle) did not practice and is listed as doubtful. RB Taiwan Jones (knee) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable, while TE Lee Smith (wrist) and FS Charles Woodson (shoulder) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.

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Raiders | Thursday practice report for Week 12 (Thu Nov 26, 04:48 PM) - Oakland Raiders C Rodney Hudson (ankle), CB Keith McGill (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (knee) and LB Neiron Ball (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 26. FS Charles Woodson (shoulder) and TE Lee Smith (wrist) fully participated in practice.

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Raiders | Wednesday practice report for week 12 (Wed Nov 25, 08:33 PM) - Oakland Raiders FS Charles Woodson (shoulder), C Rodney Hudson (ankle), CB Keith McGill (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (knee) and LB Neiron Ball (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. TE Lee Smith (wrist) fully participated in practice.

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Raiders | Taiwan Jones questionable (Sun Nov 22, 01:44 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Taiwan Jones (knee) is questionable to return against the Detroit Lions with a knee injury.

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