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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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  • The_Judge37

    I’d rather talk bye week. Hope Pryor gets his WR’s and personal coaches to work on hot routes, communication, reckognition, etc…

  • Dakota

    Politics? Senate has reached a deal…..

  • Dakota

    Just saw a mock draft that has 6 QBs going in the first 17 picks….yikes

  • JonGrand

    Ha ha! Low rating? Here’s who has a lower rating than Pryor after 6 weeks: Kaepernick, Hoyer, RG3, Alex Smith, Tom Brady (79.5), E.J. Manuel, Matt Schaub, Flacco, Geno, Weeden, Henne, Glennon, Palmer (69.3), Ponder, Eli, Freeman, and Gabbert. I guess they’re all garbage too. 85 is not a low ranking. The league is pass happy, which means more incomplete passes and INTS. Your passer rating doesn’t necessarily go up because you pass more. As long as the Raiders are scoring touchdowns on the ground, I’m not concerned about 5 tds in the 5 games he’s played in. Give the injuries to the line, the Raiders should be averaging a TD on the ground a game and through the air a game. Toss in two field goals, and they are around their season average of 20 a game. when they get healthy we can talk about those numbers going up

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    And the Republicans were completely pwned.

  • Dakota

    I agree, it was a bad idea from the start. I wrote my representative and warned her. The news would have been focused on what a joke the Obamacare rollout has been.

  • Dakota

    Bridgewater or Mariota?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    We’ve already got our QB and won’t be drafting that high.

  • Dakota

    Who?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Pryor.

  • Dakota

    lol

  • The_Judge37

    Do we want Reggie drafting a QB?

  • Dakota

    Or spending that cap money? Scary isn’t it? He could set this franchise back another decade with bad decisions this coming offseason. I am on the fence with Reggie, but I no longer have a ton of confidence in him…..

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

    Coming up at approximately 11:15 am PT, Raiders Press Conference LIVE with Head Coach Dennis Allen, Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver and Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson. http://bit.ly/193McLt

  • hwnrdr

    If we had to take one, I’ll go with Mariota

  • Dakota

    Me too.

  • loyal

    I can hardly wait for Manning to retire.

  • Dakota

    We have to get better. Pryor needs to get better. Our special teams play has to get better. Heard it all before.

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

    without any rings for Denver, too.

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

    3 will be busts, including whoever Reggie selects (obviously) – better keep Pryor “just in case” i’m sure Mark Davis will mandate it again

  • Dakota

    What team could contest them in the AFC Championship game? Cinci? NE with no offensive weapons? I think their road to the SB is already set……I hate those fkers!

  • MaddenRaider

    Why would we build 100k? Niners new stadium is about 60k.

  • 2romes

    Manning is my favorite QB. I don’t want to see him retire. As a Raider fan I want to beat him and the Broncos fair and square.

  • Dakota

    So if Manning and the Donks make it to the SB against the 49ers, who do you root for? I know I would take the 49ers.
    Manning and the Donks against the Seachickens, I am going for the Seachickens too.

  • MaddenRaider

    Such a tired argument. Same argument could have been made in Los Angeles where the Staples was built and where the area around USC was redeveloped, both poor areas with high crime.

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

    slap yourself, clown. your FAVORITE qb is a Denver Bronco?

  • seymour bush

    Mariota.

  • hwnrdr

    Manning became dead to me when he became a Donkey! But I agree…I rather beat Manning…thats a good gage!

  • Dakota

    I have always appreciated Manning, and I always wanted him to beat Brady…..but now that he is a Donk, may his genitals rot off and may there be a curse on his house!

  • MaddenRaider

    I think they’ll choke, too. I think this is Seattle’s year. They just have the swagger. Denver is more like a bully that’s peaking too soon. Same for KC. Wouldn’t be surprised if one of them wins the division at 12-4, the other in second, at something like 10-6. Probably KC on the latter. Alex Smith is not an iota better than he was in in SF. He didn’t do jack against us. All of their offense was thanks to big defensive plays, and our defense being gassed.

  • hwnrdr

    Remember, Isray said it best…11 playoff appearances, only one ring!

  • MaddenRaider

    Clearly you don’t live in Northern California and have to deal with 49er fans and their arrogance on an hourly basis. Otherwise you’d never mutter those words. I’ll personally buy an orange crush manning jersey for a Denver/Niner Super Bowl.

  • Dakota

    But the AFC is weak this year…..no Steelers, no Ravens, NE clearly on the downhill side of things….we may have to sweat out a couple weeks of Manning and Donkey SB talk before they lose this time.

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

    What team could contest them in the AFC Championship game?
    ***
    I think the 6 AFC playoff teams are the same as last year. Add the Chiefs, subtract Texans. Who will beat Denver? I’ll go with Patriots or maybe another upset against the Ravens or Colts

  • The_Judge37

    I’d root for the 1st tie in Superbowl history. Or a terrorist attack.

  • Dakota

    Come on, we know you have 49er pajamas.

  • hwnrdr

    I wouldn’t watch. I would want both teams to lose! I know impossible and I hope that scenario never becomes a reality AGAIN!

  • seymour bush

    This may sound like a joke especially coming from me, but Pryor is working the next few days with Tom House again, to try to solidify his mechanics. While I would like to make a joke about it, frankly it is the best way he could spend the next few days. Kudo’s to him.

  • MaddenRaider

    We know you still play with your George W. Bush action figure. Still in mint condition, with the parachute.

  • hwnrdr

    Ugggh!!!

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

    the AFC is weak this year…..no Steelers, no Ravens, NE clearly on the downhill side of things….
    ***
    Ravens will make the wildcard and probably win the 1st playoff game (against KC)

  • hwnrdr

    LOL

  • Dakota

    Can’t hate the guy for working hard…..just like DHB…..those kids want to succeed. Put that desire in Jafatazz and he would be HOF bound.

  • MaddenRaider

    A lot of Raider fans buying dry ice and 2 liter sodas. (or not! joke! joke!)

  • The Big Banana

    Painful as it would be, I’d root for the Martian.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Colts vs Denver at Denver for the AFC title and Luck rams in up the backside of Denver’s bunghole, and Manning is picked 5 times. If the Raiders aren’t going to the SB, I don’t want to see a AFC west team go. Especially those jack clowns.

  • Dakota

    The paint on the Condoleezza Rice action figure’s butt is rubbing off because of all the twerking she is doing on the George W. action figure.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    That’s why he is going to have a ton of success. Haters be warned.

  • Dakota

    new post

  • 2romes

    No,I want him to concentrate on defense. If Matt Schaub , Tannehill, weeden and the like are being counted on to keep there ship steady I see no need to rush out there and gamble on pocket QB that often gets pressured out of the pocket in this system.