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Jones ‘one of the best in the league’

ALAMEDA – Taiwan Jones entered the NFL three years ago with visions of running away from defenders and dancing in the end zone after touchdowns.
Things haven’t quite panned out that way, but Jones is making the most of his role as a backup cornerback and key special teams player.
“He’s done an outstanding job,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “He’s one of the best special teams players in this league right now.”
Jones spent most of his time the past two seasons biding his time, waiting for his chance to show what he can do as a running back.
That chance never materialized, with Darren McFadden and others getting almost all the carries and Jones buried on the depth chart. He channeled his energy on special teams.
Jones also made it clear to Allen that he was willing to play anywhere, do anything to get on the field more, even if it meant a position change.
Hence, Allen converted Jones to cornerback, a position Jones played some in college.
Jones is making progress as a cornerback, but it’s special teams where he is making a name for himself as one of the best at sprinting downfield on punts and kick-offs and tackling returners before they realize they’re even in Jones’ sights.
“After making a tackle, that’s when I see the defense running on the field and they feel good about the field position,” Jones said. “That makes me want to work that much harder.”
Jones said his career hasn’t unfolded the way he imagined, but he’s plenty satisfied with the niche he has carved out.
Allen said Jones’ attitude is every bit as important in his success as is his superior speed.
“The first attribute for any special teams player is to understand the importance of it, and understand what that role is on the football team and how that can help this team win games,” Allen said. “Taiwan Jones loves to play football. He’s embraced that role.”

– Raiders special teams play is gaining plenty of recognition for its well-rounded play. Allen said he’s still waiting on the return game to get untracked.
Jacoby Ford’s longest kick return through six games netted 30 yards. On punt returns, 30 of the Raiders 96 yards came on one Phillip Adams return.
Ford said the time is coming when he and Adams are going to bust off long returns and ride that momentum the rest of the season.
“It’s one of those things where you just keep plugging away at it,” Ford said. “Eventually you break one. … As soon as you hit one, everything just starts clicking everywhere.”

– Allen limited practice Tuesday to young players and those in need of extra work as the Raiders head into their bye week.
That meant only 36 of the 61 players on the active and practice squad rosters participated in on-field drills. The 25 others got in some work in other capacities.
This represents a departure from last year, when all healthy players practiced before the bye week.
“It was important for the veteran players to get some time to really take care of their bodies and get themselves back healthy and ready to go for next week,” Allen said.

– Wide receiver Rod Streater said he and others appreciate quarterback Terrelle Pryor being accountable. At the same time, they make sure Pryor knows that not everything negative is his fault.
That’s easier said than done, though, given the way Pryor is wired, Streater added.
“It will bother him for a little bit,” Streater said, “but once he watches film and he sees exactly what he needs to correct he gets over it. But he’s a perfectionist so he’s going to want to work hard and make no mistakes.”

– The Raiders practice Wednesday, then the players are excused until Monday.
Allen said he wants his players to enjoy their down time, yet remain focused on the big picture.
“We’ve got to … understand that when we get back rolling, we’ve got to have our body and our mind ready for the stretch run of the season,” Allen said. “That will be critical for our success moving forward.”

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  • RaiderGuy50

    As a east coast fan, I for one hope the coliseum project flies. I made my first trip to the Coliseum for last yr’s TB game as part of Big 50 trip with fam and friends. I reminded me of the Bronx walking the ramp to the grounds with barbed wire!!! My teenage kids noticed them right away. But other than that – Loved it!!
    68 to 70 thousand stadium would work with the architect drawings I’ve seen, marketing, Dubai money, and raider wins. I think the NFL would want a stadium that could potentially host a SB-
    Then we could play in our home stadium for a SB some day!

  • Dakota

    If crime was a major factor then I doubt NO would host so many SBs.
    New Orleans was the third deadliest city in 2012…

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Let me guess: offense = Pryor, Jennings, Reece, Moore, Streater & Rivera. defense = Houston, Roach, Burnett, Woodson, Porter & Jenkins. everybody else is either hurt or sucks a s s

  • Zymurge

    I’m in NO right now for a convention. I haven’t made it to Bourbon street yet, which I understand is on the dirty side. But out by the Convention area, which is just south of the stadium, it’s pretty tourist friendly.

    The difference is that New Orleans is, and has for decades, been known as a city built on tourism. Can’t say that for Oakland, can you?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I don’t think we have to reach the playoffs for TP to prove he has what it takes to retain the reigns. in fact, I think the playoffs are a pipe dream.

  • Zymurge

    Are they going to play basketball at the Raiders stadium where the crowd can be 6th man? I hear that Pryor was a hell of a BBaller.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Zymurge: at least Pryor didn’t claim he could beat LeBron James 1on1 like that Carolina Panthers DLineman, lol

  • SnBG

    Maybe the stadium could be designed like the Cowboys stadium. It seats 80,000 with standing room/expanded seating to 105,000. Raids stadium could be 58.000 to 72,000. Flexi seating.

  • Dakota

    After reading that list, maybe you should call the crowd the 1st man…..

  • 10centsworth

    I’ll take the second drive as my “perfect” play. A very well called and performed drive.

  • SnBG

    The O.co already uses flexi seating. It rolls out the bleachers for Raid games which when the stadium is sold out without tarps holds 64,000, without the bleachers it holds 53,200.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    LOL. Build a 105,000 capacity stadium. Cover 65,000 seats with those beautiful black tarps.

    its a deal!

  • Dakota

    I don’t think you can change it game by game in the NFL. That was the issue with the tarps….once you shut off seats, they are gone for the year….so the team would have to announce prior to the season that “This year we will suck, so we are going with 58K seats…..ouch.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Arrowhead stadium was deafening. At O.Co you can hear cars driving by on the street. the new venue could probably feature a library or bookstore

  • Zymurge

    There are many college QBs that were converted to productive WRs in the NFL, and most of those made the jump in their 1st year in the NFL. Pryor is only as old as a second year player drafted as a senior, so he’d only be one year behind.

    He had a few catches in college on trick plays and looks very natural catching the ball with his hands, so he doesn’t have DHB body catch syndrome to overcome.

    Check this vid of him running a simple route, then out jumping his man to make a nice fade type TD catch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrZYZktLdns

    The raw skills are there. We already know he’s dangerous in the open field, so if he started running only fades, flies and bubble screens he’d be effective on day 1. Plus, he’s big enough to block so could stay in on running plays making it less predictable when he’d be getting the ball.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    And that would be a huge mistake. You fill a decent sized stadium with a good team and competent management in a good area and you have to lose the gang bang connection. I get sick of how some younger fans think the “renegade” image of the OLD Raiders is consistent with the present day image of thuggery and Halloween costumes. That so-called “renegade” image promoted by Al was simply one of individuality and iconoclasm and the Raider fans themselves were well-behaved, law-abiding middle class families.

  • bcz24

    Dallas does. The 80k seat number is used for calculating blackouts, but they can still seat the additional 20k people if demand requires it. The NFL just doesn’t want you tarping off 11,000 seats, so if you DO, you have to stick to it.

  • Dakota

    Just play in the Thunder Dome….fans would just hang off the walls and ceiling….throwing chainsaws down to the players.

  • SnBG

    Well you could build the new stadium with the Hawks stadium in mind. It has overhangs that reflect the noise back down to the field. That’s why it’s so noisy.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Would love for Mark to take the team to Contra Costa County.

  • SnBG

    We could have Mel Gibson there as a torch lighter.

  • The_Judge37

    Two teams enter, one comes out.
    We could lose the Raiders that way

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Panther’s DE Hardy is 6-4, 290. I dont think Lebron would have much trouble shooting over him, but 290 will back you down and slam dunk every time. 1 on 1? gimme the 290 dude.

  • Dakota

    Would probably be better off with Tina Turner.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    LOL! Menelik Watson approves this message

  • SnBG

    We could have a kiddie zoo at the new stadium and Purvis could feature his Llamas. Each Llama could wear a Raider legends jersey.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    do llamas bite?

  • DKnight007

    Davis should be looking at Coliseum City or buidling a stadium in the Camp Parks area in Dublin right off 580 and BART. That location is ideal since it intersects with two major freeways 680 and 580 and the stadium location would be right smack in the middle where most Raider fans live in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties. Build a brand new 65k stadium there and sellouts guaranteed. The team needs to be competitive though.

  • hwnrdr

    They spit

  • hwnrdr

    The good thing about that is that it is still Alameda County! Don’t have to change the name! I know he was looking at the Concord Naval Station…that would be great for me (20 minute drive instead of an hour), but the Concord Raiders???

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    give a llama some tobacco then. cant tell the difference between it & Dakota!

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Be great for me too.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Macho – your avatar is lame. this one is better!

  • Theghostronin79

    There’s always the option of expansion on an existing stadium. Autzen Stadium in Eugene was expanded about 10 years ago, and they’re talking about a 3rd expansion. They’ve got one of the longest sell-out streaks in college football.

  • Zymurge

    True. But then finding pure athletes and hoping that they learn to become full NFL players was his other syndrome, and that had even less than a 50% hit rate.

  • Zymurge

    No harder than the Raiders legends do.

  • Zymurge

    I can beat LeBron 1on1 too.

    In chess …

  • SnBG

    Can she run the ball?

  • The_Judge37
  • Zymurge

    They don’t bite any harder than the Raiders legends do.

  • Zymurge

    Llamas have more hair.

  • Dakota

    Lakers!

  • Dakota

    True….and man, we think Pryor cries a lot now….imagine him in Thunder Dome!

  • Dakota

    Man, I think I watched that event!

  • no mas diamante

    snap into a Slim Jim!

  • Dakota

    Where is everyone?

  • The_Judge37

    on Bye week or Lurking in the shadows

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Yo SnBG. You know I’m in seahacks country and let me tell you this. That stadium pumps in noise with an intense sound speaker system. Yes they do. But your right. It was designed with acoustics engineering in mind. Their owner also was in on the music experience building and even gigs in a rock and roll band. But none the less, those chumps pipe in sound. I’m sure of it.

  • hwnrdr

    Here, lurking

  • Dakota

    We could talk draft? Right now we would have a pick in the 8-11 range in round 1. Will Clowney fall that far?