It looks as if running back Taiwan Jones will be changing positions to cornerback.
"I think it fits his skill set," Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told ESPN at the NFL combine Friday. "I think we're going to see how he does there."
Jones was injury-prone and had ball-handling issues as a running back, but the speedster played well on special teams coverage last season. He was a cornerback at Antioch's Deer Valley High and last played the position his freshman year at Eastern Washington.
McKenzie hopes Jones can eventually be a nickel cornerback for the Raiders. McKenzie, then with Green Bay, said he had Jones projected as a cornerback when Oakland took him in the fourth round in 2011.
Jones, who ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the 2011 combine, has 94 career yards on 22 carries. Former offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said Jones had trouble holding onto the ball at practice.
Jones talked about the position switch in December.
"I've thought about it a lot," he said. "Really, I just love playing football. If they need me to play defense, I think I'd be pretty happy with that."
Raiders' Jones moving to cornerback
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 23