Raiders look to turn Taiwan Jones into a cornerback

Raiders look to turn Taiwan Jones into a cornerback
February 22, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Dennis Allen: "I think he’s got a unique skill set with his speed and athleticism."
(AP)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Running back Taiwan Jones, whom the Raiders selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft from Eastern Washington, is a running back no longer.

When the Raiders return for their offseason program, Jones will line up at cornerback, coach Dennis Allen said Friday at the NFL scouting combine.

“We’re going to look at him at corner," Allen said. "I think he’s got a unique skill set with his speed and athleticism. And when you look at where he really excelled on special teams, it was out on the edge in that gunner or jammer mode. He’s played the position. That’s actually where he went to college, as a corner. So we’re going to give him a look there.”

Jones, who is listed at 6-foot, 197 pounds, had just six rushing attempts for 21 yards last season, but was a contributor on special teams. As a rookie in 2011, Jones had 73 yards rushing on 16 rushing attempts.

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