Oakland Raiders RB Taiwan Jones: Time to Let the "Juice" Get Loose

big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIISeptember 23, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 28: Taiwan Jones #36 of the Oakland Raiders runs twenty two yards for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter during an NFL pre-season football game at the O.co Coliseum August 28, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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It appears as if though rookie RB Taiwan Jones will get more opportunities to handle the ball this Sunday against the Jets. He was the primary kick returner at practice on Thursday, and he is likely to replace Nick Miller as the primary kick returner. Miller has struggled thus far and doesn't seem to have the explosiveness to help out in the return game.  

Taiwan Jones, or Juice, has everything you need to be a dangerous return man. He is lightning fast. He can change direction on a dime. He can stop and take off running at full speed.  

His ability was on display against the Saints in the preseason. He had some nice runs and showed he has a little power to go with his speed. He left a would-be tackler, LB Scott Shanle, tackling air. After the play, Cris Collinsworth said he hasn't seen moves like that since Barry Sanders. 

I expected to see more out of him when the regular season began, but a sore foot kept him out of action. With Darren McFadden, the starting RB touches are going to be few and far between anyway.

Hue Jackson knows what Juice is capable of. He knows that this kid can take it to the house every time he touches the ball. He knows he has to find more ways to get the ball in his hands. Making the change to Jones as the kick returner should pay off with better field position and maybe even a touchdown.

Last year, rookie Jacoby Ford made some plays in the return game, and once he showed what he could do, he was in on offense more and more as the season went on. If Taiwan Jones can make something happen in the return game, Hue Jackson would have no choice but to get him on the field on offense more than just a couple times a game.  

I think Jones as the primary return man will give the Raiders a much-needed boost. The Jets kicker doesn't really have a big leg, so the "Juice" should get a few opportunities to make a big play.  

Here goes every play he was in against the Saints in the preseason.


Taiwan Jones is yet another player the Raiders drafted in the later rounds that has a bright future.