Dennis Allen gave Taiwan Jones a chance. And I mean a chance. Jones fumbled a reverse during Oakland’s Monday Night opener against the Chargers and has hardly sniffed the field since.
This past Sunday was the most obvious sign that the coaching staff pretty much wants nothing to do with the speedy running back that was hand picked by Al Davis.
With both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out of action, the Raiders turned to former Stanford running back Jeremy Stewart before they gave any looks to Jones. That would be the same Stewart that was elevated from the practice squad prior to Sunday’s debacle in Baltimore.
To be fair Jones was likely never going to be an every down back in the NFL. His worst case scenario was to become a passing down specialist or a change of pace back at best.
Still, given Jones’ skill set you figured there had to be some kind of a role in Knapp’s offense even if all it means is catching the occasional screen or running a draw on third-and-long.
But with each passing week it looks more and more likely that Jones is going to be the next Al Davis castoff. Reggie McKenzie hasn’t wasted much time in trying to erase the final draft class Davis oversaw. That Jones made it this far into the season is pretty amazing all things considered. That he hasn’t found his way out of Allen’s doghouse says it all.