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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.