The NFL has seen players transition from running back to wide receiver, but how about a running back converted into a cornerback?
The Oakland Raiders are doing just that, general manager Reggie McKenzie said that Taiwan Jones will move to the cornerback position next season. Jones was the fourth-string running back last season, and got playing time when Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson were injured.
This is not too abnormal of a move, players in the past transition from a skill position to a fast secondary position. Jones played on special teams last year and showed he had the ability to contain players, so he won’t be a lock-down corner, but it can be expected to see him covering the inside receiver on certain plays.
For a team that was beat up at running back last year, this is a strange move and puts pressure on the running backs to stay healthy. Of course, there is plenty of time for the Raiders to find a solid replacement to add more depth to the running game.
This might also be a move that puts Jones’ career as a Raider in jeopardy. If Jones fails at the corner back position, he may just become a burden on the roster.
Jones actually played corner in high school, so he does have experience. Maybe this will help his career and make him a more valuable player on the roster who is actually worth keeping near the top of the depth chart.