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.