Remember Taiwan Jones? The Raiders former running back switched to cornerback two seasons ago and after a season of standout special teams play earned a 3-year extension that will keep the Bay Area native in Oakland until 2017. Then just before the season was to begin, he injured his foot which required surgery that had him placed on injured reserve for the entirety of the 2014 season.
Jones heads into this year's offseason program looking to remind his coaches and teammates why he was a valuable member of the special teams unit as well as perhaps earn some snaps at corner. In preparation for that goal, he is bulking up.
According to Jay Glazer, Jones has packed on 25 pounds over the past six weeks working out at his Unbreakable Performance Center in Los Angeles. Glazer posted this shot of Jones Sunday.
So stoked by work ethic by @taiwanjonesNFL. Came to @Unbreakable 6 wks ago at 180 lbs now heads to OAK at 205. pic.twitter.com/SkX4RoFnVe— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 29, 2015
The weight numbers Glazer put Jones at when he arrived suggests Jones may have lost weight since he has been out with injury. He was listed at 195 last season.
The 6-0 Jones was always a bit slim for his height and was more of a speed guy, which allowed him to beat his coverage as a special teams gunner. Packing on another ten pounds of muscle may or may not affect his speed, but it will certainly help him with his tackling and blocking duties.