Taiwan Jones has turned himself from a running back to a cornerback with a little time and work.
And he thinks his Raiders team is ready for a significant transformation as well, by adding experience to the defense this offseason.
“That was something I told my parents and people when they ask,” Jones said, via the team’s official website. “I truly believe that it’s different here.”
By adding players such as Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley, the Raiders got older on defense, but also added some gravity.
“When you have veterans that have been in the game a long time and that have been able to accomplish the goals that we’re trying to accomplish this year, it definitely feels good because you get to see and hear advice from those guys and hear them say that we’re close and that it’s possible,” Jones said. “It makes you want to work that much harder. You see how hard they’re working and it just carries on. It’s a ripple effect for everyone.”
Jones said he can tell those veterans are pushing their new teammates harder in the weight room, and guys are watching more film.
Of course, that’s probably being said in 31 other NFL cities at the moment, but the Raiders will take any degree of difference they can get.