Taiwan Jones (RB)

Texans Sign RB Taiwan Jones

Veteran Taiwan Jones has found a new home. The running back has signed with the Texans, according to agent Doug Hendrickson (via ESPN’s Field Yates on Twitter).

Following a six-year stint with the Raiders that saw him contributing as a running back, returner, and cornerback, Jones caught on with the Bills in 2017. He spent the past two seasons in Buffalo, including a 2018 campaign where he served as the team’s special teams captain.

Jones didn’t play much of an offensive role during his stint with the Bills, hauling in a single catch. However, he did compile seven kick returns and eight tackles through those two campaigns (14 games). His last major offensive contribution came with Oakland in 2015, when he had 16 carries for 74 yards and seven receptions for 106 yards and one score.

In Houston, the 30-year-old will presumably continue to contribute primarily on special teams. He could also theoretically compete with the likes of Gregory HowellJosh Ferguson, and seventh-rounder Cullen Gillaspia for backup reps behind running backs Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman.

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Bills Sign QB Matt Barkley

The Bills signed quarterback Matt Barkley and Colton Schmidt to one-year deals, according to a team announcement. In related moves, punter Corey Bojorquez shoulder and RB Taiwan Jones neck were placed on injured reserve. 

With Josh Allen still sidelined by an elbow injury and Derek Anderson in concussion protocol, the Bills are expected to turn to embattled QB Nathan Peterman as their starter against the Bears. Barkley joins the club as Peterman’s likely backup for Sunday.

Barkley, 28, was most recently with the Bengals. He signed a two-year contract with the club back in March, but landed on IR after suffering a knee injury in the preseason. He was released by the Bengals on Sept. 12th with an injury settlement. The five-year pro has appeared in 11 games in his NFL career and made a season-high six starts in 2016 for the Bears, but he hasn’t done much of note on the field.

Colin Kaepernick remains available, and would represent a more accomplished alternative to Peterman or Barkley, but the Bills apparently did not want to go down that road.

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Bills Re-Sign Taiwan Jones, Travaris Cadet

The Bills announced that they have re-signed a pair of running backs. Taiwan Jones and Travaris Cadet are both ticketed to return for 2018. 

With both players back in the fold, the Bills currently have six running backs under contract. Needless to say, not all of them will be on the team in September. They will, however, duke it out between now and final cuts.

LeSean McCoy, coming off of his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, will be the primary ball carrier for his fourth season in Buffalo. As of this writing, new free agent pickup Chris Ivory figures to serve as his primary backup, as shown on Roster ResourceMarcus Murphy and Aaron Green are also in the mix and the Bills could still look to add to the RB group in April’s draft.

In other Bills news, offensive lineman Richie Incognito reworked his contract on Thursday, allowing him to stay with the team.

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Bills Sign RB Travaris Cadet

The Bills are swapping running backs. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports (via Twitter) that the team has signed Travaris Cadet and placed Taiwan Jones on the injured reserve. We learned earlier this week that Jones had a broken arm and would miss the rest of the season.

Travaris Cadet (vertical)Jones joined Buffalo this past offseason, and after compiling 829 return yards in 2015, the team was expecting the 29-year-old to contribute on special teams. However, the former fourth-rounder only returned a pair of kicks this season, and he hauled in a lone 11-yard reception.

Cadet was signed by the Jets in late September, but he was ultimately released by the team last week. The 28-year-old saw the field in three games this season, compiling three receptions for 26 yards. The veteran could conceivably play a similar role as Jones, as Cadet has plenty of experience in the return game. He’ll slot in behind LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert on the running back depth chart.

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Bills’ Taiwan Jones Done For Season

Taiwan Jones‘ season is over. Bills coach Sean McDermott informed reporters on Friday morning that the running back and key special teamer is going on injured reserve with a broken arm. Taiwan Jones (vertical)

Jones, 29, joined up with the Bills this summer after he was released by the Raiders. He didn’t come with a lengthy offensive resume, but he did have lots of experience in the third facet of the game. Last year, he was seventh among Raiders players in special teams snaps, and he’s not far removed from leading the AFC in kick return yards (829) in 2015.

This year, Jones appeared in all eight games as a special teamer. He returned two kicks for a total of 50 yards and had one reception on offense.

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Bills To Sign Taiwan Jones

The Bills have agreed to a deal with running back Taiwan Jones, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).

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The 29-year-old Jones came available when the Raiders released him last Thursday, thus ending a lengthy tenure in Oakland. Jones entered the NFL as the Raiders’ fourth-round pick in 2011 and went on to appear in 66 regular-season games with the club over the first six years of his career. He wasn’t much of a factor on offense as a Raider, with whom he totaled only 44 rushes and 17 catches, but Jones was an important cog on special teams. He was seventh among Raiders in special teams snaps just last year (241), and he’s only two seasons removed from leading the AFC in kick return yards (829).

In Buffalo, Jones will join LeSean McCoy, Jonathan Williams, Mike Tolbert and Joe Banyard as the team’s contingent at running back. Jones’ history indicates that if he’s going to make the Bills, he’ll do it as a special teamer. The Bills’ special teams unit was among the league’s worst last year, according to Football Outsiders.

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Raiders Cut RB Taiwan Jones

The Raiders are releasing running back Taiwan Jones, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). With upwards of four years of service, Jones is a veteran and will not be subject to waivers. He will be free to sign with any club once he is formally cut loose. Taiwan Jones (vertical)

Jones, 29, started out with the Raiders as a running back after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. The team had him switch to cornerback for a time, but he was moved back to running back for the 2015 season.

Still, he’s had only 44 carries in his six years with the club. Jones has primarily been a special teams guy for Oakland, but he even saw his return work slashed in 2016. Jones returned 26 kicks for the Raiders in 2013 and 31 kicks in 2015. Last year, he did just eight kick returns with a lackluster 14.0 yards per attempt average.

With Jones out of the picture, the Raiders appear ready to move forward with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington, and rookie Elijah Hood as the backups for Marshawn Lynch.

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AFC Notes: S. Brown, Texans, Pats, Titans

Free agent safety Stevie Brown, who is said to be close to deciding on where to sign, visited the Texans yesterday, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Houston already signed one free agent safety this offseason, adding Rahim Moore, so we’ll see if the club makes a play for Brown, who may prefer the Giants if everything is equal.

Here’s more from around the AFC:

  • Georgia running back Todd Gurley is in New England today to meet with the Patriots, reports Field Yates of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Gurley is widely considered a strong bet to come off the board in the first round, so he may not last until the Pats’ pick at the very end of the first.
  • Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk doesn’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that the Titans would draft a wide receiver with the second overall pick next Thursday.
  • The Broncos are hosting Florida offensive lineman D.J. Humphries and Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips on pre-draft visits today, writes Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
  • Offensive lineman Chris Hairston got a $25K bonus on his new minimum salary deal with the Chargers, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter).
  • Taiwan Jones, who started his career with the Raiders as a running back before moving to cornerback in 2013, will return to running back this year, according to Oakland’s official site. Whether he’s listed on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, Jones contributes primarily as a special teamer.
  • Intriguing Hobart guard Ali Marpet is visiting the Browns today, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.

AFC West Notes: Brown, Chargers, Raiders

Coach Jack Del Rio says Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree is eager “to create a role” for himself with his new club, as Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com writes. Crabtree had a down year in 2014, but still recorded 68 catches for 698 yards and four touchdowns. Now, after hanging around on the shelf for a while, he’ll look to rebuild his value in Oakland. Here’s more from the AFC West..

  • Free agent running back Ronnie Brown told SiriusXM NFL Radio (on Twitter) that he hasn’t heard from the Chargers about a potential reunion. “I haven’t talked to the Chargers about a return. They have a bunch of running backs and are looking for a running back in the draft,” Brown said.
  • Brown went on to say (link) that he doesn’t get the sense that quarterback Philip Rivers is headed elsewhere. When considering the production that Rivers provides and San Diego’s young offense, Brown doesn’t see the signal caller leaving the Chargers.
  • The Raiders shifted around their depth chart a bit, sliding Taiwan Jones from cornerback back to his native position of running back, as Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com writes. Former coach Dennis Allen put Jones on defense in 2013 and the results were mixed. While he succeeded on special teams thanks to his speed, he never really got the grasp of the cornerback position. Still, with running backs Latavius Murray, Trent Richardson, Roy Helu Jr. and Marcel Reece also on the depth chart, Jones figures to be more of a special teams contributor again this year.

Minor Moves: Saturday

Here are some minor transactions that have occurred this Saturday before the rest of the week two action begins:

  • The Bears have promoted three players to their active roster for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribute (via Twitter). Receivers Josh Bellamy and Chris Williams will be suited up tomorrow, along with center Taylor Boggs.
  • The Vikings have signed running back Joe Banyard off of their practice squad, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN (via Twitter). The team has waived full back Zach Line to make room for Banyard.
  • The Patriots have promoted linebacker Deontae Skinner to their active roster, reports Field Yates of ESPN (via Twitter). The team waived linebacker Darius Fleming to make room for the roster move.

Earlier updates:

  • The Jaguars have waived fifth-round pick Chris Smith, reports Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union (via Twitter). The defensive end was released to make way for the signing of safety Craig Loston.
  • The Raiders have officially promoted linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu from the practice squad to the active roster, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post (via Twitter). Wilson originally reported the teams plans to do so yesterday, and it has now become official. Filimoeatu slots in the roster spot that was vacated when the team placed Taiwan Jones on the injured-reserve, according to Wilson (via Twitter).
  • The Lions are promoting safety Nate Ness to the active roster, reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (via Twitter). Birkett has not played in a game since 2011.