Taiwan Jones cuts back and races ahead of Goodson on depth chart

Oakland Raiders running back Taiwan Jones (22) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum.

Throughout training camp, Mike Goodson has been considered the favorite to be the first guy off the bench for starter Darren McFadden. In one run, Taiwan Jones has put that talk to rest. It only went for 11 yards but it was a miracle that it wasn't a loss.

"Once I got the ball, there was a defender right there in my face and I just turned around and tried to use my speed to get to the outside." Said Jones."It's just instinct. You try not to plan where you're going to go. I mean, you have your pre-snap reads but for the most part at running back it's all reaction."

"They definitely want you always to gain a blade of grass and if you bounce out like that, you better gain some yards. I knew once I cut it back, my mind was getting the first down or getting some yards."

Truth be told, it wasn't just that one run for Jones that open some eyes in this game. In total he ran ten times for 50 yards. The 11 yard gain was his second impressive run of the day, actually. He had a ten yard run in the first half as well. Both runs put his explosiveness on full display.

Also playing a part has been the lackluster play of Goodson. Last week against Arizona, he had two lost fumbles and ran for 8 yards on 9 carries. Yes, you read that right, he averaged less than a yard per rush. This game he 7 carries for 18 yards and 2.6 yards per carry and no fumbles. Still not great.

Jones was also seeing the bulk of the snaps with the first team offense once McFadden left the game. Taiwan earned the right to keep that spot while Goodson's seat on this roster is warming up.

At this point, the final preseason game will not be for the order in the depth chart for these two but rather for Goodson to prove he belongs in this group. Taiwan has shot to the forefront of this race today with a bullet.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker