RB Taiwan Jones - Houston Texans
|6-0, 194||Born: 7-26-1988||College: Eastern Washington||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2011|
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.
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 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 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 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.
2012 Week 1 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones got just one opportunity in this game, and really didn't do much with it. Oakland attempted a reverse handoff and the ball was supposed to be pitched from Marcel Reese to Jones. The toss was way off and ended up almost going over Jones' head. He possibly could have caught the ball, but it would have been a very difficult catch for just about anyone. The problem was when he finally did recover the ball, he tried turning something into nothing and ended up running the wrong way en route to a 25-yard loss on the play. With Darren McFadden dominating the offensive touches for Oakland, it was difficult to get a gauge on whether Jones or Mike Goodson will see the majority of the backup reps, though it should be noted that Goodson was the first back called upon to spell McFadden when he needed an early breather.
2012 Week 9 vs TB (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
It's tough to decide who made the worst playcall, Mike Tomlin's goalline run with the kicker or Dennis Allen's pass with the punter on third and 13. Instead of punting, Shane Lechler threw the ball to Taiwan Jones, a gunner, who was standing next to a Buccaneers player at the time. Jones made the first defender miss, but was then met with a second and in his desperation fumbled the ball. It was a crazy play-call. Jones' only carry of the game came late in the fourth quarter when Lavonte David made an excellent play to stop him at the line of scrimmage.
2012 Week 10 vs BAL (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jones was a hot waiver wire addition with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with ankle injuries, but that fire was quickly extinguished. Jones saw a total of just three offensive touches, spread evenly throughout the game. It was clear from the beginning of the game that Marcel Reece would dominate the running back snaps and Jones was merely a role player, even with two backs out for the game. All three of his touches showed little of his speed and acceleration as he was tackled before he could get up to speed. When the game got out of hand, Jeremy Stewart was the running back of choice in garbage time. This week was a major disappoint compared to expectations of a strong workload for the second-year back. Outside of a Marcel Reece injury, it is hard to see Jones making much impact in the coming weeks
2012 Week 11 vs NO (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Because of the success of Reece, Jones only received three carries on Sunday, picking up 13 yards. Having essentially zero impact on the running game, Jones did provide a glimpse into Oakland's hesitancy to use the RB because of pass protection issues, however. Working out of the shotgun, Jones was the last line of defense between Palmer and a blitzing Jonathan Vilma. Like a mosquito trying to stop a fire hose, Vilma blasted right through Jones and into Palmer's lap for the sack. Jones didn't see much more of the field as the deficit relegated the offense to a heavy passing attack and clearly Jones just cannot be trusted to protect the QB.
2011 Week 2 vs BUF (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie RB's only touch in the game came on an end around play when he was lined up as a receiver and wound up gaining just 4 yards on the ground.
2011 Week 3 vs NYJ (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
For the most part, the rookie back spent his time returning kicks and playing special teams. He did get a pass thrown his way behind the line of scrimmage where he was tackled for a loss by LB Bryan Thomas, who got to him unblocked. Jones then made a nice run in the middle of the second quarter where he bounced the run outside, dodged a tackler and ran for eight yards.
2011 Week 4 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Although Jones did not make it to the box score he did have 1 carry that was wiped off the board because of a penalty; otherwisehe looked good. It looked to be about a 4 yd loss when Jones was first contacted in the backfield but he was able to break out of the tackle and make a gain of three yards. And if McFadden goes down (and we all know his injury history), Jones will see some significant carries as Bush's change of pace back. Jones is so dangerous in the open field with the 4.3 speed that he will be threat to score at any time.
2011 Week 7 vs KC (3 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Taiwan Jones has WOW speed. On a team that prides itself in speed, no one looked as explosive as Jones when he got going. On both his 12 yard carry and his 33 yard screen pass, Jones looked like he was using the Madden speed burst while everyone else was in slow motion. He did have one carry where he got completely lost in the backfield (a la Dexter McCluster) and he dropped a wide open pass across the middle but his other plays were too impressive to ignore.
2011 Week 9 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taiwan got a few more offensive snaps because of McFadden's absence. While he was unable to do much with the carries that he received, he still looked elusive in kick returns and is a prospect to keep an eye on because of his elite speed.
2011 Week 10 vs SD (7 / 39 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was expected that Jones was going to see more action with Darren McFadden again sidelined with his foot injury. While Jones did see some additional touches early on, the Raiders simply had too much success with Michael Bush running the ball to get away from that. Jones did look very quick in getting to the outside and showed some good explosiveness and a nice burst on a couple of occasions, but he was clearly just a backup option to Bush in this one.
2011 Week 11 vs MIN (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taiwan Jones filled in a couple carries during the game, but did not have much impact. Both of his runs were stuffed for short gains and then he left the game with a hamstring injury.