Taiwan Jones Re-Signs With The Buffalo Bills
We all saw it coming, but the Buffalo Bills have officially re-signed Taiwan Jones. The core special teamer returns on a one-year deal.
We all saw it coming, but the Buffalo Bills have officially re-signed Taiwan Jones. The core special teamer returns on a one-year deal, fighting for his roster spot as an emergency running back and a high-quality gunner. Jones is a consistent tackler and has made a few memorable plays for Buffalo. How could we forget this recovery of Mecole Hardman’s muffed punt in the 2020-21 AFC Championship game?
Taiwan Jones: What Does He Offer?
Let’s be honest. Taiwan Jones is far from a lock to make the roster this season. Still, he’s in with a chance as a player who’s made a career on the special teams unit. Sean McDermott values special teamers like few coaches in the league, and similar moves, such as the extension of Siran Neal, are indicative of that fact. Despite that, the Buffalo Bills have invested a lot into the contracts of various special teams specialists over the last few seasons. It will be tough to keep them all on the roster going into 2022.
So what does Taiwan Jones bring to the team? He displays reasonable speed and good vision as a tackler, though not necessarily as a running back. He’s often the first tackler to the ball on kick and punt returns, true to the spirit of Buffalo Bills legend Marv Levy. During his tenure as head coach, Levy believed that special teams were crucial to the game, and you wouldn’t truly value them until they let you down. On special teams, Jones doesn’t let us down often.
Inversely, his offensive stats are paltry, and he’s not about to change positions to play defense at age 33, but he’ll do fine as a backup running back in an emergency. His health is remarkably consistent for his age. Still, in the event of a close roster battle, the team will likely lean towards younger players in the event of roster cuts. Taiwan Jones has familiarity with the Buffalo Bills, but it remains to be seen if that’s enough once camp begins.