RB Taiwan Jones - Oakland Raiders
|6-0, 194||Born: 7-26-1988||College: Eastern Washington||Drafted: Round 4|
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Recent Stats and Projections
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.
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