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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Taiwan Jones adjusting to new role

By Bill Williamson

NAPA, Calif. -- One of the more interesting players in the Oakland Raiders' training camp is converted cornerback Taiwan Jones.

The team moved Jones, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011, from running back to cornerback this offseason. Jones entered college as a cornerback, but the speedster had college success at running back.

Jones made his mark in his first two NFL seasons as a special-teams player, especially on coverage teams where his speed and tackling ability were often on display. Jones expressed interest in moving to cornerback after last season. The team’s brass decided early in the offseason to move him to cornerback. Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie said that he had Jones projected as a cornerback when he scouted him while with the Packers.

Jones admitted this week that he is dealing with the change on a daily basis.

“The bottom line is as long as I have that Raiders emblem on my helmet, I’m happy to be here,” Jones said. “I just want to make the team.”

Jones has an uphill battle to make the roster. But because of his play on special teams, Jones may get time to develop at cornerback.