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Taiwan Jones signs with Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders have been notorious for their lack of interest in publicly announcing many transactions, so consider today a possible sign of changing times.

The team took to Twitter to announce that fourth-round pick Taiwan Jones signed with the team and is in Napa for training camp. It’s the first Raiders draft pick to sign with the team and, to the best of our knowledge, the first time the Raiders have broken a piece of roster news via social media.

Jones is an interesting signing even without the Twitter angle. A running back out of Eastern Washington, Jones became a hot name leading up to the draft thanks to blazing 40 times in a pre-draft workout long delayed as he recovered from a broken foot. Surprising that he wound up with the Raiders, isn’t it?

It will be interesting to see how the Raiders work him into their offense while also presumably using him as a kick returner. They will likely hold onto restricted free agent Michael Bush to go with Darren McFadden in the backfield, a duo that did a mighty fine job running the ball last season. There’s always room for a home run hitter in an offense, Jones could be one for the Raiders.

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12 Responses to “Taiwan Jones signs with Raiders”
  1. offsideburns says: Jul 27, 2011 5:32 PM

    This man can flat out burn yer turf red.

  2. ronlm says: Jul 27, 2011 5:33 PM

    Nice! Say what you will about Al’s penchant or drafting speed… but plenty of teams will likely be wishing they had taken this guy earlier.

  3. GhostoftheBay says: Jul 27, 2011 5:38 PM

    Taiwan is Jamaal Charles 2.0. To bad BROKELAND FAIDERS SUCK!

  4. Matt says: Jul 27, 2011 5:42 PM

    Punts, Alper, Taiwan will be returning punts (not kicks) because Jacoby Ford returns kicks. Ford had three KR touchdowns last year (KC, Indy, Miami)

  5. peterfeldersnatch says: Jul 27, 2011 5:46 PM

    last year raiders also signed fastest guy at the combine jacoby ford. ask kansas city how he turned out

  6. andyr2120 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:51 PM

    If this guy can catch the ball worth a damn, he could be dangerous out of the backfield.

  7. JSpicoli says: Jul 27, 2011 5:54 PM

    Yeah, no one in the NFL likes speed except the Raiders, and Al picked him just becuase of a stop watch, not his 7.7 yd avg in college rushing and 14.3 yards per catch, and he was a known RB.

  8. thetwilightsown says: Jul 27, 2011 5:56 PM

    Tested low out of High School due to a dyslexia issue not discovered until his senior year… So he didn’t get recruited by major schools. Could be great….could be Joe Aska.

  9. kevinfromphilly says: Jul 27, 2011 6:49 PM

    Raiders fans are celebrating – they’re all gonna Taiwan on tonight.

  10. tdk24 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:25 PM

    He’ll be our little David Meggett, minus the behavioral issues. ala Berman, look at that little Taiwan go!

  11. La Milicia Negra says: Jul 27, 2011 7:28 PM

    —“It’s the first Raiders draft pick to sign with the team and, to the best of our knowledge”—

    Well if you know about this football site called PFT, you would know the first player raiders signed was No. 241 overall pick David Ausberry…

    well I guess you dont know the site, you should check it out, its usually pretty good…

  12. raiderinpa says: Jul 28, 2011 9:11 AM

    Wasnt sure that we needed Jones when he was selected in the draft, but you never can have too many ‘homerun hitters’….

    Bottom line, SPEED KILLS!!!

    I love the smooth ship Mr. Davis has been sailing this off-season… He is senile, huh??? Keep on hating, haters… Come January, you’ll all find out that Hue ISN’T crazy after all!!

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