Taiwan Jones
Taiwan Jones
31-Year-Old Running BackRB
Houston Texans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jones' roster prospects took a noticeable leap when the Texans released D'Onta Foreman prior to the first preseason game, a contest in which he was the starting running back. The addition of Duke Johnson tempered expectations, but Lamar Miller's season-ending knee injury has thrown the position into flux. Johnson moves to the top of the depth chart while a pack of lesser-known backs, a list that includes Jones, compete for the second and third spots on the depth chart. He could separate himself as a kick returner. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.02 million contract with the Texans in May of 2019.
Practices in full
RBHouston Texans
October 24, 2019
Jones (hip) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Jones was limited in Wednesday's practice, but he now seems back to full health. He'll contribute on special teams Week 8 while playing a reserve role behind Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson.
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Measurables Review
How do Taiwan Jones' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash, Shuttle Time, Cone Drill, Vertical Jump, and Broad Jump metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
6' 0"
195 lbs
40-Yard Dash*
4.33 sec
Shuttle Time*
4.08 sec
Cone Drill*
6.90 sec
Vertical Jump*
39.5 in
Broad Jump*
132 in
Bench Press
13 reps
Hand Length
8.75 in
Arm Length
29.50 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Entering his eighth year in the league, Jones has never really gotten much of a chance to show what he can do as a running back. In his career, he's appeared in 74 games and only accumulated 44 rushing attempts and 18 receptions in total. All signs point to a modest fantasy impact from Jones again in 2018.
Jones had the most productive season of his career in only 12 games during his 2015-16 campaign but he doesn't figure to make a fantasy splash this season with such a crowded backfield in Oakland. The six-year back figures to battle with rookie DeAndre Washington and veteran Roy Helu for reps behind clear-cut starter Latavius Murray. Jones will continue to see time in the return game, however.
Jones is entering his fifth season in a Raiders' uniform after they selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was originally drafted as a running back but was eventually moved to defensive back in 2013. He miss all but one game last year due to a foot injury, and the Raiders announced earlier this offseason that they'd be moving him back to running back. The team has a lot of depth at the position so it's unlikely Jones will see much time on offense, but he will be utilized in the return game and could be an impact player on special teams. He won't hold a ton of fantasy value unless the Raiders would lose multiple running backs due to injury.
A converted running back, Jones is currently buried on the Raiders' cornerback depth chart, but he will likely serve as the team's top kick return option with Jacoby Ford now with the Jets. Jones racked up 623 return yards on 26 attempts last season, with a long of 41 yards.
The Raiders will attempt to utilize Jones' speed on the defensive side of the ball, though the transition figures to take a while and IDP relevance seems highly unlikely.
Jones received just 18 touches as a rookie last year, so it’s hard to tell what type of player he’ll be in the NFL. He certainly looks electric and like a playmaker, but he’s also wiry for someone 6-0 and projects best in a complementary role. There’s perceived upside here in a run-heavy system with Michael Bush gone and starter Darren McFadden as injury prone as they come, but if McFadden went down, don’t be surprised if Mike Goodson were to get the majority of carries, leaving Jones as the change-of-pace back.
Jones was drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He's another speed guy for the Raiders, but he'll struggle to get many touches as long as Darren McFadden and Michael Bush are healthy.
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Limited Wednesday
RBHouston Texans
October 24, 2019
Jones (hip) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
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Practicing in full
RBHouston Texans
October 16, 2019
Jones (hip) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
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Inactive for Week 6
RBHouston Texans
October 13, 2019
Jones (hip) won't play in Sunday's contest against the Chiefs.
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Questionable for Week 6
RBHouston Texans
October 11, 2019
Jones is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a hip injury.
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Practices in full
RBHouston Texans
September 26, 2019
Jones (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
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