Bills sign Taiwan Jones

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The Bills have added some depth to their backfield and special teams.

Taiwan Jones, the running back and kick returner who was cut by the Raiders before training camp, has signed with Buffalo.

A fourth-round draft pick of the Raiders in 2011, Jones has played his entire six-year career in Oakland. He has primarily been a special teams player but also has 183 career rushing yards, 240 career receiving yards and has even played some cornerback. He also played both cornerback and running back in college at Eastern Washington.

In Buffalo, Jones will compete for playing time behind LeSean McCoy in the backfield, and he’ll also compete with Brandon Tate to be the top kickoff returner.

5 responses to “Bills sign Taiwan Jones

  1. He was never given the opportunity to prove himself in the rb position during his time in Oakland. The Bills brought him in because they are not happy with what Jonathan Williams leaves out on the field. Williams has been mediocre at best and you can’t have that behind LeSean McCoy. At least when McCoy was subbed out last season Mike Gillislee was the player coming in. Gillislee was the complete opposite style runner than McCoy, which seemed to work to Buffalo’s advantage in wearing out the opponent. Maybe Jones could be their new Gillislee? It is unfortunate that they even have to search for Gillislee’s replacement because he wouldn’t have cost much to keep him in Buffalo. They didn’t offer him a contract and now he is taking handoffs from TB & the Patriots.

  2. He was never given the opportunity to prove himself in the rb position during his time in Oakland.

    What is your definition of opportunity, being handed the lead back spot without holding a competition for the position? Jones was obviously beat-out in each of the years he was in Oakland’s backfield. The fact he made the roster each year is proof enough of the opportunities he has had.

    Let’s not kid ourselves and think he is some hidden gem. He is what he is: A backup quality running back.

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