Among the many reasons why the Raiders offense has looked so sloppy this preseason are the numerous injuries that have kept key contributors out of action. One such man Raider Nation has high hopes for is Taiwan Jones who has yet to play in the preseason. That could all change Saturday if the week of practice goes well.
Jones was back in action on Sunday after a long layoff due to a nagging hamstring. His presence has been sorely missed as concerns of keeping Darren McFadden healthy continue to linger the closer the regular season nears.
After seeing Mike Goodson fumble away his silver and black debut one can only hope Jones will fare much better. At this point he’ll need to if he wants an expanded role in Greg Knapp’s offense.
One of the many adjustments Jones is making during his still-young pro career is learning how to practice. Perhaps concerned that Taiwan will tweak his hammy again the coaches have encouraged him to dial it down a notch during practice. Nice to know Jones goes hard no matter the situation but if he becomes good enough to stick around in this league he’ll learn about pacing himself.
For now Jones just needs to concentrate on getting through the week without any setbacks. Currently the plan is for Jones to play against the Lions on Saturday. For the second year runner every snap counts and he’s only got so many preseason opportunities left to impress the coaches enough to trust him during the regular season.