Taiwan Jones
Taiwan Jones
31-Year-Old Running BackRB
Houston Texans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jones' roster prospects took a noticeable leap when the Texans released D'Onta Foreman prior to the first preseason game, a contest in which he was the starting running back. The addition of Duke Johnson tempered expectations, but Lamar Miller's season-ending knee injury has thrown the position into flux. Johnson moves to the top of the depth chart while a pack of lesser-known backs, a list that includes Jones, compete for the second and third spots on the depth chart. He could separate himself as a kick returner. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.02 million contract with the Texans in May of 2019.
Has one (important) touch in win
RBHouston Texans
January 5, 2020
Jones caught his lone target for 34 yards in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over Buffalo in the AFC wild-card game.
ANALYSIS
Jones, who played just two snaps on offense, arguably had the most important catch of the game on his only touch. In overtime, quarterback Deshaun Watson miraculously escaped a sack and then found Jones, who had made himself available along the sideline. All 34 yards of Jones' reception came after the catch, and he put the Texans in business deep in Buffalo territory. Two plays later, Ka'imi Fairbairn successfully booted a game-winning 28-yard field goal to send Houston to the divisional round against the Chiefs in Kansas City next Sunday. It was Jones' first postseason catch, which became the second-longest postseason reception in overtime in NFL history.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Taiwan Jones' 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
88.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
37.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.7
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
0.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
71.4%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.14
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.0%
 
% Team Targets
0.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
11.0
 
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Measurables Review
How do Taiwan Jones' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash, Shuttle Time, Cone Drill, Vertical Jump, and Broad Jump metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
195 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.33 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.08 sec
 
Cone Drill*
6.90 sec
 
Vertical Jump*
39.5 in
 
Broad Jump*
132 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
29.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Entering his eighth year in the league, Jones has never really gotten much of a chance to show what he can do as a running back. In his career, he's appeared in 74 games and only accumulated 44 rushing attempts and 18 receptions in total. All signs point to a modest fantasy impact from Jones again in 2018.
Jones had the most productive season of his career in only 12 games during his 2015-16 campaign but he doesn't figure to make a fantasy splash this season with such a crowded backfield in Oakland. The six-year back figures to battle with rookie DeAndre Washington and veteran Roy Helu for reps behind clear-cut starter Latavius Murray. Jones will continue to see time in the return game, however.
Jones is entering his fifth season in a Raiders' uniform after they selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was originally drafted as a running back but was eventually moved to defensive back in 2013. He miss all but one game last year due to a foot injury, and the Raiders announced earlier this offseason that they'd be moving him back to running back. The team has a lot of depth at the position so it's unlikely Jones will see much time on offense, but he will be utilized in the return game and could be an impact player on special teams. He won't hold a ton of fantasy value unless the Raiders would lose multiple running backs due to injury.
A converted running back, Jones is currently buried on the Raiders' cornerback depth chart, but he will likely serve as the team's top kick return option with Jacoby Ford now with the Jets. Jones racked up 623 return yards on 26 attempts last season, with a long of 41 yards.
The Raiders will attempt to utilize Jones' speed on the defensive side of the ball, though the transition figures to take a while and IDP relevance seems highly unlikely.
Jones received just 18 touches as a rookie last year, so it’s hard to tell what type of player he’ll be in the NFL. He certainly looks electric and like a playmaker, but he’s also wiry for someone 6-0 and projects best in a complementary role. There’s perceived upside here in a run-heavy system with Michael Bush gone and starter Darren McFadden as injury prone as they come, but if McFadden went down, don’t be surprised if Mike Goodson were to get the majority of carries, leaving Jones as the change-of-pace back.
Jones was drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He's another speed guy for the Raiders, but he'll struggle to get many touches as long as Darren McFadden and Michael Bush are healthy.
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Playing Saturday
RBHouston Texans
December 21, 2019
Jones (hamstring) is active Saturday against the Buccaneers.
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Listed as questionable
RBHouston Texans
Hamstring
December 19, 2019
Jones (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's contest in Tampa Bay.
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Practices as limited participant
RBHouston Texans
Hamstring
December 17, 2019
Jones (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Tuesday.
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Not traveling to Tennessee
RBHouston Texans
Hamstring
December 14, 2019
Jones (hamstring) won't travel with the team for Sunday's game against the Titans.
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Draws questionable tag
RBHouston Texans
Hamstring
December 13, 2019
Jones (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional tilt against the Titans.
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