Taiwan Jones was one of the longest tenured Raiders entering 2017, one of the few acquired by late owner Al Davis. The running back turned defensive back turned running back (again) carved a niche on special teams as a gunner and quality cover man.
He wasn’t an offensive asset, pushing him firmly on the roster bubble. It burst just before camp. The Raiders released Jones on Thursday morning, a league source said, concluding his six-year run with the club.
The San Francisco native and Antioch Deer Valley High alum was a popular locker room presence during his time in Oakland. His speed was always attractive, but durability and ball security issues dectracted from more positive traits.
Jones had just five offensive touches last season and just eight kickoff returns. Cordarrelle Patterson is an All-Pro returner and an excellent gunner. Johnny Holton also serves as a speedy cover man on special teams.
Releasing Jones now gives him a full preseason to latch on with another team.
Only long snapper Jon Condo and kicker Sebastian Janikowksi remain on the roster from the Al Davis era.
The Raiders now sit one player below the 90-man roster limit, a vacancy that should be filled soon.
ESPN first reported the news.
The Warriors made a move on Thursday.
Golden State agreed to terms on a training camp invite with Antonius Cleveland, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned.
As a senior at Southeast Missouri State last year, Cleveland averaged 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
He shot over 54 percent from the field and over 38 percent from 3-point territory (28 for 73).
The 6'6" guard played for the Portland Trail Blazers during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Over six games, he averaged 5.8 points.
If Cleveland doesn't nab the 15th roster spot with Golden State, he could end up with the Santa Cruz Warriors as an affiliate player.
ESPN's Ian Begley first reported Cleveland's deal with the Warriors.
Great move by GSW. Not easy to find wings with size, length and two-way potential. Big fan of Antonius Cleveland's. https://t.co/uso89ARFHw— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) July 27, 2017
Antonius Cleveland has agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, per league sources.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 27, 2017