The Raiders are so desperate for some help on defense that they want to turn a running back into a cornerback.
Taiwan Jones, one of the Raiders backup running backs and special teams players, will be making the transition to cornerback, Reggie McKenzie told reporters.
“I’m pushing for cornerback,” he said. “I think it fits his skill set. I think we’re going to see how he does there.”
Jones, who was drafted in the fourth round in 2011 by the Raiders out of Eastern Washington, appeared in 14 games last season and had six rushing attempts for 21 yards. He also had 12 tackles on special teams.
The Raiders had one of the worst defenses in the league last year, and this seems like a desperation move by McKenzie and Co. Yes, Jones does have good speed and special teams experience, but it will undoubtedly be a challenge to switch from offense to defense.