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NFP: Jones will visit Raiders

Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones, whose eye-opening 40-yard dash times appeared to boost his draft stock, will visit the Raiders, according to a story in the National Football Post.

Jones was timed between 4.28 and 4.35 in two 40-yard dash attempts Thursday in a Pro Day workout at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg that was attended by Raiders running backs coach Kelly Skipper and a member of the team’s personnel staff.

Jones said afterward he didn’t have anything set up with the Raiders, but that he’d talked with the on the phone and at the scouting combine.

Skipper and Jones had a brief, private conversation before the assistant coach left the workout.

Running back isn’t considered a position of need with Darren McFadden, Rock Cartwright and Michael Bennett already under contract and Michael Bush a potential free agent who was offered a first- and third-round tender.

Jones, however, has the kind of speed coveted by Raiders owner Al Davis.

According to the Post, San Francisco and Miami will also host Jones.

Both the 49ers and Dolphins were at the Los Medanos workout, which were represented by 27 teams. Forty-Niners running backs coach Tom Rathman was involved in putting Jones through drills, at one point getting assistance from Skipper. Also at the workout was 49ers personnel executive Tom Gamble.

The 49ers are hosting a Pro Day for local athletes at their facility Thursday. Jones was planning to attend but not work out.

No plans for a Raiders Pro Day have been made public.

Judging from various scouting reports, Jones would likely be available to the Raiders with their second-round pick at No. 48, but could be gone by the time they pick in the third round at No. 81.

Coaches and scouts were impressed that Jones had gained 18 pounds and was up to 196 pounds with no loss of speed. Jones’ agent, Doug Hendrickson, said he estimated Jones was “90 percent” healed from late-season surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal sustained late in the season.

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  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Buckeyeraider Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    Kell,

    Not quite,what? What’s your point?

    There’s a humorous lil story about the release of the league schedule in Huizenga’s book that was referenced in one of Kell’s earlier posts.
    —————————————–
    I never referenced anything in my post other than Huizenga, and it wasn’t any lame assz story about the schedule. That’s what.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    The list of those vanquished by Davis is extensive. In recent years his treatment of two employees in particular—popular trainer George Anderson and future Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen—damaged team morale. Anderson, who had been with the Raiders since 1960, three years before Davis arrived as coach and general manager, says he was forced to retire in 1994 for refusing to do a television interview condemning a book written by former team physician Robert Huizenga. In the book Huizenga said Davis and the coaching staff pressured team doctors to clear injured players to return to action too soon. Five years earlier Huizenga had successfully treated Anderson’s wife of 42 years for Hodgkin’s disease. “The word loyalty is bandied about much too casually in the Raiders’ organization,” Anderson says. “For Al Davis, loyalty means, ‘You be loyal to me. I’ll think about being loyal to you.’ ”

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1008197/2/index.htm#ixzz1JwHHdh6C

  • Gust372

    Irjonny, this is my day off. Just so you know, not every single job in America is mon-fri, 9-5.

  • Gust372

    DKnight, you’re reaching, too. LT changed the linebacker position. So obviously he’s going to be given a little more leeway. It wasn’t about a bias against the Raiders. Stabler is just as much known as a partier as a drinker. LT had problems at the time he was voted in, but hes the greatest linebacker to play the game. At the time of his vote, that’s what he was known for. The spin never ends in Alameda. Why don’t you lackeys figure out a way to get the Raiders above the .500 mark without Gruden or his players?

  • Gust372

    Excuse me, Stabler is known as a partier and drinker as much as a QB, I meant to say. Stabler made the decision to write his book. Nobody put a gun to his head. He knew it would hurt him. It’s part of his good ol boy, rebel style. It works for his redneck admirers and those toothlees ladies down in the riv….but it doesn’t bode well with HOF voters. It’s not a Raider thing. It’s a stabler thing.

  • Gust372

    I don’t know why these raider loyalists in here accuse daytime commenters of being unemployed. You want to see the unemployed, look at that crowd at the Oakland Coliseum on Sundays in the fall. You’re not going to get a more vivid portrait of the non-working.

  • RaiderSam

    # Gust372 Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Excuse me, Stabler is known as a partier and drinker as much as a QB, I meant to say. Stabler made the decision to write his book. Nobody put a gun to his head. He knew it would hurt him. It’s part of his good ol boy, rebel style. It works for his redneck admirers and those toothlees ladies down in the riv….but it doesn’t bode well with HOF voters. It’s not a Raider thing. It’s a stabler thing.

    ~============================
    Its more “an interception thing”. His statistics went down dramatically after going to Houston, then New Orleans..he wont be getting a call anytime soon. Ray Guy will make it before Stabler.

  • RaiderSam

    # Gust372 Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t know why these raider loyalists in here accuse daytime commenters of being unemployed. You want to see the unemployed, look at that crowd at the Oakland Coliseum on Sundays in the fall. You’re not going to get a more vivid portrait of the non-working.
    =============================================
    WEAK.

  • Gust372

    It wasn’t meant as a put down, it’s the truth. Those 20k strong you see in the Oakland coliseum on sundays in the fall are the most vivid portrait you’re going to get of the unemployed. It’s just so ironic the Raiders would spend so much time mocking the unemployed. It’s their consumer base!

  • Fear_the_eyepatch

    Sources are telling me that we are going to open at Denver on Monday night. Sure hope they are right.

  • Gust372

    Well, you’re saying Stabler wasn’t a good QB, not me. Maybe DKnight will take issue with you on that. But I doubt it. It’s clear he’s butt hurt and trying to defend his homeboy Good Ole Scumbag, and that’s where all of this Stabler/LT stuff is coming from. Bottom line is these guys are on a desperate mission to convince us that there’s a media bias against the Raiders. The media doesn’t even care about the Raiders! They are irrelevant. The media follows the good teams.

  • Gust372

    Why do you hope they’re right? You want to watch Denver smash the Raiders on opening night again? They always do.

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaBrown

    Dust I see your hard at work blogging yourself into a state of mental illness.

    Carry on…

  • Gust372

    “you’re”. Not your. Genius.

  • Fear_the_eyepatch

    Why don’t you make like a gust of wind and blow the hell outta here hater. Or does your team suck so bad you have to troll through other teams sites? Nevermind, I guess i just answered my own question.

  • Gust372

    hater. LOL

  • Gust372

    Oh, and I definitely fear the eyepatch. LOL.

  • Gust372

    Most of those women you see at Raider games need more than an eye patch. They need a bag over their head.

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