Chris Collingsworth thinks so. Collingsworth threw out the Chris Johnson comparison in last night’s telecast of the Oakland Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints. I won’t go that far with the comparison as the major knock on Jones coming out of Eastern Washington was his ability to stay healthy and that has yet to be proven. After all, Jones was making his NFL debut last night after missing most of training camp due to injury.
Jones impressed with his speed but it was his ability to run between the tackles that jumped off the screen. Everyone watching that game knew of Taiwan Jones’ speed (4.33 40) but what wasn’t known was how he was going to run on the inside. Jones finished the game with 13 rushes for 81 yards and a touchdown much of which came between the tackles. He also caught 2 balls for 18 yards.
Jones returned to practice this past week and immediately drew the praise of coaches and teammates and at times stole the thunder from impressive rookie WR Denarius Moore. Jones won’t unseat RB Darren McFadden but his athletic ability will get him some touches for the Raiders this fall.
It is becoming a national pastime to rip the Raiders for drafting speed guys that can’t necessarily play football. However, it is becoming apparent that they are actually connecting the dots on some these guys and Jones could be one that is a big homerun.