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Taiwan Jones says veterans make Raiders “different”

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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.

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49 Responses to “Taiwan Jones says veterans make Raiders “different””
  1. steelerben says: Jul 8, 2014 12:58 PM

    Along with giving your team gravity, Woodley is going to give your team 6-10 games before he blows out a hammy.

  2. goraidersgospurs says: Jul 8, 2014 12:59 PM

    #1 Gunner!!!

  3. natelan says: Jul 8, 2014 12:59 PM

    Possibly the worst ever comprised NFL “team” in history. 1-15?

  4. chalkruz1989 says: Jul 8, 2014 12:59 PM

    I’d have to agree with Taiwan Jones’ statement.

    Bringing in veterans can be a great transaction for your club if they are coming in with a winning attitude, not just for the cash-grab.

    Aaron Ross told the media after he came back to the New York Giants after playing a season in Jacksonville that he “enjoyed the vacation.”

    Justin Tuck and Lamar Woodley both won at the highest level and can share the experience and their work ethic with younger, easily influenced players.

    Would really like to see the Oakland Raiders return to a state in which they compete year-in and year-out.

  5. TeamBalco says: Jul 8, 2014 1:01 PM

    We’ll said.

  6. humb0lt says: Jul 8, 2014 1:02 PM

    The fact that Taiwan Jones is still on the roster is proof the Raiders have solidified their grip on last place.

    Why does a team that loses so much crow so loudly?

  7. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 8, 2014 1:02 PM

    Hate on Haters….lets hear it about (#32….I am still laughing)

    Go Raiders, Go Schaub!

  8. raiderufan says: Jul 8, 2014 1:09 PM

    I think it feels different from over here on my perch…guys are actually telling people it feels good to be a Raider as opposed to having be asked if they’re happy.

    This kind of feels like 1998….

  9. raidermick3sb3rings says: Jul 8, 2014 1:17 PM

    Hey San Diego Chokers…win a ring, then pop-off!

    Late…

  10. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 8, 2014 1:20 PM

    Jones is easily the best Quarterback the Raiders have.

  11. scrp2 says: Jul 8, 2014 1:21 PM

    I think if they practice fundamentals they could be a good team. A running game, controlling the clock, blocking, tackling. If they try to do more than that, then there’s going to be problems.

  12. dumbolt says: Jul 8, 2014 1:24 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Jul 8, 2014 1:02 PM

    Q……Why does a team that loses so much crow so loudly?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    A…….to keep the idotic haters to profess their profound jealousy of the shield……choo choo!!!!

    Go Raiders…….one can only hope Mack greets Rivers with a nice bear hug to the turf.

  13. hehateme2 says: Jul 8, 2014 1:29 PM

    The Faiders…

  14. thraiderskin says: Jul 8, 2014 1:30 PM

    Hey you guys leave the chargers alone… they’re legit, they wear powder blue and their fans all own Raiders gear!

  15. tonyc920 says: Jul 8, 2014 1:42 PM

    Packer fan here,
    You have to give Reggie McKenzie some time to work through his master plan. He’s an excellent football mind. With what he inherited, he had to take this team right down to the bare metal and start over. The horrible contracts Al gave to uninspired players, the high draft picks given away for mediocre players, the high draft day picks that didn’t pan out. The way this salary cap works and the dead money you’ve dealt with the past 2 years and maybe another year, Reggie was handcuffed, and he knew that going in. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Bringing in respectable veterans will enlighten rookies and 2nd year players on how to be a pro. No you will not go 10 – 6 this year. I say 7 – 9 is more realistic, especially in a very good division. This is a 5 year project going into the 3rd year. If Mark Davis can’t understand that, you have no hope. If he fires Reggie, it would be a mistake and then the Raiders will be back to square one. A new GM and coaching staff will start this process all over again, minus the salary cap mess and a having full slate of draft picks. They would need to pay Reggie respects for accomplishing that. Hang in there !

  16. araidersfan says: Jul 8, 2014 1:44 PM

    natelan says:
    Jul 8, 2014 12:59 PM

    Possibly the worst ever comprised NFL “team” in history. 1-15?

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    I guess you should know all about that. Along with being the ONLY AFCW team never to win a Super Bowl, the Chargers also have the distinction of being the ONLY AFCW to be as bad as 1-15.

  17. joetoronto says: Jul 8, 2014 1:54 PM

    Even the lowly Chiefs have more Super Bowls then the DisChargers.

    1-0

  18. thealzadorule says: Jul 8, 2014 1:56 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Jul 8, 2014 1:02 PM
    The fact that Taiwan Jones is still on the roster is proof the Raiders have solidified their grip on last place.

    Why does a team that loses so much crow so loudly?

    10 50
    Report comment

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    Taiwan Jones is a Top 5 special teams gunner you idiot. If you don’t know what that is, go look it up.

  19. maddbassist420365247187 says: Jul 8, 2014 1:57 PM

    Humbutt and the Charger fans are hillarious!!! I’ll give it to them…they sure know how to win games….just not Super Bowls!!

  20. floratiotime says: Jul 8, 2014 2:01 PM

    Somewhere Al Davis is nodding his approval. Probably somewhere hot.

  21. chargersdiehard says: Jul 8, 2014 2:06 PM

    The last super bowl the raiders won was before the internet. The last time they were over 8-8 was before most of you kids were born. #commitmenttoexcrement

  22. lurch61 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:17 PM

    chargersdiehard says:
    Jul 8, 2014 2:06 PM
    The last super bowl the raiders won was before the internet. The last time they were over 8-8 was before most of you kids were born. #commitmenttoexcrement
    ———————————————————————
    True statement diehard but tell me again when the last time chargers won the super bowl at all???

  23. tinbender2000 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:30 PM

    @chargersdiehard, I’ve been watching football for over 50 years. Other than the Dan Fouts years your crappy team has sucked for all those 50 years.

  24. therealtruth210 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:33 PM

    chargersdiehard says:
    Jul 8, 2014 2:06 PM

    The last super bowl the raiders won was before the internet. The last time they were over 8-8 was before most of you kids were born. #commitmenttoexcrement

    _______________________________

    didn’t realize Super Bowl rings had an expiration date…. that’s right they DON’T but how would a Chargers fan know that when they don’t have any

  25. racerx1225 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:39 PM

    Chargers are a joke and Chiefs will be exposed for the pretenders they were last year.

    Raiders will sweep both this year.

  26. therealtruth210 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:41 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Jul 8, 2014 1:02 PM

    The fact that Taiwan Jones is still on the roster is proof the Raiders have solidified their grip on last place.

    Why does a team that loses so much crow so loudly?

    _______________________________

    the fact you comment on every raiders article just shows what a complete loser you are.

    why does a team with no super bowls crow so loudly??

  27. vaughnjoe says: Jul 8, 2014 2:51 PM

    Hahah you gotta love these raider fans. Still talking about maybe getting over the 8 n’ 8 hump. Good luck to the worst fans in the league. Maybe in 10 more years. Maybe… lol @ Shaub

  28. jayr8r says: Jul 8, 2014 3:01 PM

    As a Raider fan living here in San Diego, It’s funny to read the comments left by choker fans on articles written about the Raiders. As I stated before I know what happens when the chokes lose a game. The next week u will see no jerseys or t-shirts indidcating that anyone is a choker fan. Also with no stadium deal the team can pick up and move at anytime. The fans are a joke, the organization runs off any good player of color, and the track record speaks for itself. John Jefferson, Fred Dean, Vincent Jackson, and the list goes on. No black coaches and no black quarterbacks. NEED I SAY MORE?

  29. slick50ks says: Jul 8, 2014 3:14 PM

    jayr8r says:
    Jul 8, 2014 3:01 PM
    As a Raider fan living here in San Diego, It’s funny to read the comments left by choker fans on articles written about the Raiders. As I stated before I know what happens when the chokes lose a game. The next week u will see no jerseys or t-shirts indidcating that anyone is a choker fan. Also with no stadium deal the team can pick up and move at anytime. The fans are a joke, the organization runs off any good player of color, and the track record speaks for itself. John Jefferson, Fred Dean, Vincent Jackson, and the list goes on. No black coaches and no black quarterbacks. NEED I SAY MORE?

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    Is that you barack?

  30. granadafan says: Jul 8, 2014 3:40 PM

    You have to bring in the right sort of veterans. You could get lucky and sign a leader like Reggie White, or you could get vets like Albert Haynesworth or Ritchie Incognito

  31. granadafan says: Jul 8, 2014 3:40 PM

    You have to bring in the right sort of veterans. You could get lucky and sign a leader like Reggie White, or you could get vets like Albert Haynesworth or Ritchie Incognito

  32. jjackwagon says: Jul 8, 2014 3:48 PM

    Chargers are a joke and Chiefs will be exposed for the pretenders they were last year.

    Raiders will sweep both this year.
    ——————————————————–
    I know you meant Raiders will be swept by both this year.

  33. openthegatesletriversflow says: Jul 8, 2014 4:00 PM

    Faiders record against Chargers since 2003: 4-16

  34. denverdude7 says: Jul 8, 2014 6:08 PM

    Taiwan,

    The Raiders may be slightly improved but they are still looking at 4th place in the AFC West.

  35. raiderapologist says: Jul 8, 2014 7:21 PM

    Report comment
    chargersdiehard says: Jul 8, 2014 2:06 PM

    The last super bowl the raiders won was before the internet. The last time they were over 8-8 was before most of you kids were born.
    ——————
    The last time the Chargers won anything it was with the players that Al Davis scouted while he was on the coaching staff. It’s odd to hear Charger fans bashing Oakland for their ancient Super Bowls, considering San Diego hasn’t even had to hire a carpenter since they joined the NFL.

  36. raiderapologist says: Jul 8, 2014 8:25 PM

    humb0lt says: Jul 8, 2014 1:02 PM

    The fact that Taiwan Jones is still on the roster is proof the Raiders have solidified their grip on last place.

    Why does a team that loses so much crow so loudly?
    ————–
    Why does a team that loses so much draw so much attention from humb0lt? That’s the real question.

  37. citizenstrange says: Jul 8, 2014 8:45 PM

    One of my few joys in life is how truly pathetic the Raiders have been for the past … what? … 30 years?

  38. raiderapologist says: Jul 8, 2014 9:10 PM

    openthegatesletriversflow says: Jul 8, 2014 4:00 PM

    Faiders record against Chargers since 2003: 4-16
    —————
    Chargers record against the league since the merger: nothing….

  39. raiderapologist says: Jul 8, 2014 9:12 PM

    citizenstrange says: Jul 8, 2014 8:45 PM

    One of my few joys in life is how truly pathetic the Raiders have been for the past … what? … 30 years?
    ——————–
    So you’re bad at math. Is that one of your few joys in life?

  40. desertrace21 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:19 PM

    Yes, the Chargers beat the Raiders for a few years in a row.. Congratulations, you beat the worst team in the league.. They don’t give rings out for that. That was the highlight of the entire Powder Blue organization. The last time The Raiders won a Super Bowl may have been in the 80’s, but it is still easy to be proud of a team that is one of the winning-est franchises in all of pro sports. Keep in mind, the Chargers fans barking about the Super Bowl have never seen their team win one.. Nor has anybody who has watched every Super Bowl ever played.. But they claim Raiders fans live in the past.. Like that time in 2002 when the Raiders went to the Super Bowl.. Way more ancient than the Chargers loss to the Niners in… Oh wait.. 94.. Hm, who is living in the past? But the Chargers have been better since 2003 claim dumbolt and his crew… Let’s talk more recent since Chargers fans don’t like history. Since 2010, each team has completed a season sweep of each other and they are 4-4 against each other. If my team was past it’s prime and the only thing I could hope for was a completely un deserved Wild Card spot to make sure Phyllis Rivers got to melt down on national TV, I would be making fun of the few teams with a worse record while it lasts. Be sure of this. It won’t last. They are getting older, slower, and less talented. Enjoy returning to what the entire late 70’s to early 90’s were about for your organization.. Or the mid 90’s to early 2000’s were also about.. SUCKING!

  41. jjerkoffwagon says: Jul 9, 2014 12:04 AM

    jjackwagon says:
    Jul 8, 2014 3:48 PM

    I know you meant Raiders will be swept by both this year.
    ==================

    I know the raiders have 4 of the last 5 against the steelers…so if the raiders are so terrible…what does that make the steelers?

  42. babygaga19 says: Jul 9, 2014 6:59 AM

    Sorry, who is Taiwan Jones?

  43. babygaga19 says: Jul 9, 2014 7:06 AM

    Why do the Raiders always hire the cheapest coaches? jUST CURIOUS.

  44. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Jul 9, 2014 10:36 AM

    Raiders will make the playoffs…Just wait and see.
    Broncos are going to have a disaster year. That Superbowl game is still in Mannings head..
    Raiders have the 2 best RBS in the NFL and if all else fails they have Reece.. Ground and Pound..
    It’s a good strategy to keep these teams like Chargers and Broncos from throwing every play.. Raiders will eat most of the clock this way..
    Raiders will be way better than people think..
    They better be anyways or McKenzie and Allen will be sent packing and Jon Gruden is just waiting behind them

  45. dumbolt says: Jul 9, 2014 12:51 PM

    babygaga19 says:
    Jul 9, 2014 7:06 AM
    Why do the Raiders always hire the cheapest coaches? jUST CURIOUS.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    We have another winner here , who just might be replacing choo choo express. (aka himself) …just fyi Mike McCoy is 30th in the league in compensation….keep slinging one off the years something might stick

  46. simonator917 says: Jul 9, 2014 4:36 PM

    One of my few joys in life is how truly pathetic the Raiders have been for the past … what? … 30 years?
    =========
    Really? Wow, glad I’m not you.

  47. natelan says: Jul 9, 2014 5:06 PM

    “Different” = “Old”.

  48. 52lightsxout52 says: Jul 10, 2014 11:08 PM

    What is the peanut gallery gonna do when the Raiders turn this thing around??? Both Denver and San Diego have aging quarterbacks getting near the end, while Oakland is quietly building a future winner…

  49. natelan says: Jul 11, 2014 12:11 AM

    #32…

    lololololololololololololololololol

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