Taiwan Jones probably moving to cornerback

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The Raiders drafted Taiwan Jones in the fourth round of the 2011 draft because of his skills as a running back.

If he sticks beyond his third year with the team, it will likely be because he can play cornerback. Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie said that he wants Jones to make the move to defense next season, which tends to be the kind of desire that leads players to wind up playing defense next season.

“I’m pushing for cornerback,” McKenzie said, via Bill Williamson of ESPN.com. “I think it fits his skill set. I think we’re going to see how he does there.”

Jones arrived at Eastern Washington as a cornerback  — McKenzie said that he actually had Jones projected there when he was evaluating the 2011 draft with the Packers — and said near the end of last season that he’d be open to moving to the other side of the line. He’s touched the ball 26 times on offense in his first two years on the team despite the need to replace Darren McFadden for chunks of each season. He’s also drawn criticism for not holding onto the ball.

He’s done well on special teams, though, and McKenzie thinks his speed and ability to tackle give him a shot to become a nickel cornerback. The Raiders could certainly use a good cornerback or three, so this is probably the wisest move for both sides.

47 responses to “Taiwan Jones probably moving to cornerback

  1. baymac408 says:
    Feb 22, 2013 3:31 PM
    Raiders are trash.. Worst franchise in the NFL!! Move to LA and change your name.. Sell off that worthless team they should be extinct

    U Mad Bro?

  2. this is why the raiders will continue to be bottom feeders..Al left Reggie the biggest mess in sports and this wont get fixed for at least another 3 years

  3. Raiders did the same thing with Sammy Seale who was a RB in college at Western State in Colorado, and was drafted as a WR, but then converted to DB. He went on for a few years and now scouts for the Packers. Seale and McKenzie played together at the Raiders so Reggie is well aware of having an offensive skill player make the transition to cornerback.

  4. lol no one cares about your evaluations reggie. mainly because you’re not good at it. what evaluation led you to think greg knapp would be a good fit for oc? what evaluations led you to believe that any of our corners would be remotely good last year, or that criner was the 2nd coming of jerry rice? all your evaluations were wrong, and chances are this one will be too.

  5. Reggie sees players from his packer personnel….

    Taiwan Jones is like Tramon Williams …. hugggge atheltic ability and speed that can compensate for anything esle needed.

    I like the idea, and I think Taiwan is a humble guy that at the end of last year said he could play CB.

  6. baymac408 says: Feb 22, 2013 3:31 PM

    Raiders are trash.. Worst franchise in the NFL!! Move to LA and change your name.. Sell off that worthless team they should be extinct

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    I’m incredibly impressed on your ability to utilize your vast knowledge of the sport to draw a conclusion from the facts in the article. You should be an Analyst, since you’re so smart…

    Now back to those of us who have a brain. TJ has been a disappointment, so I think the move is worth a shot!

  7. I remember when the Raider fans thought he was the East Bay’s version of Kendall Hunter. The writing was on the wall when UDFA Jeremy Stewart took snaps away from Taiwan at the end of the season. Being fumble prone does that to a RB.

  8. This seems like another half-baked idea from McKenzie.

    Taiwan looked electrifying with the ball in college and in some brief glimpses with the Raiders. He fumbled (and recovered his own fumble) when it was poorly pitched to him on a reverse early in the opener and the coaching staff basically blackballed him for it the rest of the season. He couldn’t even get touches in the many games we were getting blown out and/or didn’t have McFadden.

    I do think TJ could possibly make the switch to CB. He’s got the speed and is an aggressive tackler on special teams. I just don’t understand why they didn’t at least give him a fair look at RB. Makes no sense.

    But then again, not much has since McKenzie came in and force Hue out.

  9. Efriedo have a brain?? Look at the moves this team has made in the past ten years garbage!! Nah I ain’t mad? This team is just garbage and so are their fans half of them can’t tell you their starting quarterbacks name just bandwagon followers.. Efriedo I would slap you bro real talk! One article doesn’t make a team trash! Their franchise as a whole and fans do tho! Sucka

  10. Your whole team has been a disappointment! Drafting the fastest 40 times doesn’t win football? Football players win you football games not 40 times.. Have a brain do you?

  11. This has been going on for years not just the facts of this article.. Starts with the owner.. Or old owner… And that’s where it goes bad for you.. From the start

  12. Football players win you games not 40 times.. Might as well grab track runners.. That’s what they do every draft.. That’s why they have been horrible … Sell em

  13. Just shut up already baymac408. So who is your team? You don’t seem to mention that…must be a Donkey fan and still mad that your $96 million QB didn’t lead them anywhere.

    Or are you just tired of walking down a flight of stairs to get to your living space every day?

  14. raiders have a new owner. al davis passed away about a year and a half ago. maybe some of you didn’t hear. new owner. gm for the first time. entirely new coaching staff. new scouting department. things are not being done the same way they were when al was in charge

  15. Hey, I’m baymac’s foster mom. You kids play nice with him because he is a little, how do you say….special.

  16. Don’t need any wankster H8ers up in herr gaymac408….I think your over the top bravado is overcompensating for something brah….

  17. baymac408,
    Stop embarrassing yourself. We understand that you think the Raiders suck. We get it. But every other person on here knows the names of the 2 QBs the Raiders have on their roster. I’m sure you don’t know their names, so don’t pretend like you do (and we know you are probably googling it right now, so you aren’t fooling anybody).

    So please just do yourself a favor and leave the conversation to those of us who do know something about football, regardless of what team we like…

  18. Baywac must b a 40winer fan. Must have been $!ch slapped by sum Raider fan and now holds a grudge. Get over it homeboy, ur on tha wrong blog….Every franchise has its ups and downs. EVEN with taking the last decade off we still have a winng record overall. Stick to the gaybay-

  19. Taiwan Jones is good guy and was very strong on special teams. I hope the best for the guy. Baymac408, you really are changing the perception of how fans outside of the bay view 49er fans. Keep it going.

  20. This is why we can’t have 9ER Raider games.. Lol people get shot.. Oakland is right up the street, in the Bay.. It’s so gay in the bay lol.. No matter the city we earn the right to talk like we do.. Unlike you fakers on here.. Scared to visit any city by the bay .. Careful what street you walk down wanksters

  21. This is why we can’t have 9ER Raider games.. Lol people get shot.. Oakland is right up the street, in the Bay.. It’s so gay in the bay lol.. No matter the city we earn the right to talk like we do.. Unlike you fakers on here.. Scared to visit any city by the bay .. Careful what street you walk down wanksters

  22. Ya’ll lay off of Baymac408….he’s just angry at the world as some 49er “buddy” gave him the San Francisco Treat….

  23. This is why we can’t have 9ER Raider games.. Lol people get shot.. Oakland is right up the street, in the Bay.. It’s so gay in the bay lol.. No matter the city we earn the right to talk like we do.. Unlike you fakers on here.. Scared to visit any city by the bay .. Careful what street you walk down wanksters!

  24. This is why we can’t have 9ER Raider games.. Lol people get shot.. Oakland is right up the street, in the Bay.. It’s so gay in the bay lol.. No matter the city we earn the right to talk like we do.. Unlike you fakers on here.. Scared to visit any city by the bay .. Careful what street you walk down wanksters!!!

  25. Efrido sad thing is I do know pretty much your whole roster.. Lol I pay attention to more then just NINERS.. Here’s a start cut Palmer and Seymour try together under cap space.. Trade McFadden have Taiwan bulk up at rb.. Sign wheeler… He’s kinda good.. Basically u guys need to get under cap and maybe make bug moves in FA. And draft smart football players not just athletes.. No b.s….

  26. @baymac408
    We cant have raider niner games cause people like you. If ur a niner fan go post on their threads cause no one respects ur opinion here. You talking about the bay being gay? Really? San fran is the capital of what? Come on dude get a life grow up stop talking tough on threads and starting with people. Raiders are in a new era buddy obviously u dont know football saying we draft dast people that was al davis home. Reggie mcjenzie is the new era wevdraft smart players now. We still down but wait 2-3 years and ur niners will hw at the bottom w a broken qb and will be at the top.

  27. Bay being gay was sarcastic because that’s all people say bout niner fans.. And commented on this thread because raiders don’t help them selves and make bad moves.. All good I ain’t trippin

  28. @baymac408
    We cant have raider niner games cause people like you. If ur a niner fan go post on their threads cause no one respects ur opinion here. You talking about the bay being gay? Really? San fran is the capital of what? Come on dude get a life grow up stop talking tough on threads and starting with people. Raiders are in a new era buddy obviously u dont know football saying we draft dast people that was al davis home. Reggie mcjenzie is the new era wevdraft smart players now. We still down but wait 2-3 years and ur niners will hw at the bottom w a broken qb and will be at the top.

  29. Get real… Bunch of jokesters.. Sure your guys new management will turn your franchise around! (Sarcastic)Dude is a running back and is pretty good.. Let him have a chance ! before you ruin his career.. Just sayin raider fans

  30. Richard sherman was a WR and only 4 years later he’s considered one of the best in the league. So I guess you never know. Still seems all too common that these players end up on both the Raiders and Lions teams.

  31. baymac408 says:
    Feb 22, 2013 4:11 PM
    Your whole team has been a disappointment! Drafting the fastest 40 times doesn’t win football? Football players win you football games not 40 times.. Have a brain do you?

    ============

    Kinda sucked getting to the Super Bowl and then losing it, huh?

  32. (funny how haters always get posted as many times as they want, and raiders fans are lucky if they even get posted at all) @baymac 408…the 408 says all we need to know…the San Jose 49ers, but for some reason you do not strike me as a high tech executive. Hey look a taco truck is pulling up next to your chevy impala. Enjoy!

    as far as tawain moving to db, might just show how reggie still has one more year of being handcuffed and limited by cap…..almost like moving huff to DB…reggie did pretty good with last years draft, hopefully we can find a few more that can contribute this year.

  33. The hallmark of a good organization is to see what a player can do to help them, and put him in a position to do that. Hopefully, they learned from the mistakes of last year, when they tried to make the players fit into a system that they weren’t able to excel at.

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