Taiwan Jones (linebacker)

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Taiwan Jones
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 25)
New Baltimore, Michigan
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Anchor Bay (Fair Haven) (MI)
College:Michigan State
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Total tackles:2
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Taiwan Markis Jones[1] (born December 1, 1993) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Michigan State. Jones signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

Early years[edit]

Jones attended Anchor Bay High School in Michigan. Jones was ranked as the 30th best linebacker by Rivals.com and was ranked the 57th ranked linebacker by Scout.com. Jones was selected to the PrepStar's All-Midwest Team. Jones was named to the all-state Division 1-2 first-team by The Detroit News and Associated Press. He was named to the all-county and all-conference teams in his senior season and also was named the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division MVP also in his Senior season. Jones was a utility player at high school where he played at running back, wide receiver and quarterback. Jones recorded 46 tackles and three interceptions in his 2010 season. Jones also played for the Anchor Bay basketball team in which he was a three-year starter. Jones was named an Associated Press Class A All-State honorable mention for the 2010-11 basketball season. He also named to the Detroit Free Press All-East Team in his senior season.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Taiwan Jones
Outside linebacker
New Baltimore, Michigan Anchor Bay 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) -- Mar 23, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 57 (OLB)   Rivals: -- National, 30 (OLB), 10 (Mich)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Michigan State Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • "2011 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

Professional career[edit]

According to NFLDraftScout.com, Jones was projected to go in the fifth round in the 2015 NFL Draft[3] and his NFL comparisons were to NFL Linebacker Brandon Spikes[4] and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Nico Johnson.[5]

In May 2015, Jones signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft.[6] On December 18, 2015, he was promoted to the active roster.[7]

On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Jets as part of final roster cuts.[8] He was re-signed by the Jets on October 26, 2016.[9] He was released again by the Jets on November 22, 2016.[10]

On April 1, 2019, Jones signed a contract to play with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football, only to learn of the league's suspension of operations the following day.[11]


  1. ^ "Profile". rostermon.com.
  2. ^ "Michigan State Profile". msuspartans.com.
  3. ^ "NFL draft capsule: Physical middle linebacker Taiwan Jones possesses 'Hulk smash' abilities". mlive.com. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "CBS Sports Bio". cbssports.com.
  5. ^ "NFL draft Profile". nfl.com.
  6. ^ "Jets may have big steal in snubbed LB from Mich. St". nypost.com. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Taiwan Jones Signed, Devin Smith to IR". www.newyorkjets.com. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Lange, Randy (September 3, 2016). "Jets Release 18 Players Ahead of Deadline". NewYorkJets.com.
  9. ^ Allen, Eric (October 26, 2016). "Jets Place Geno Smith on Injured Reserve". NewYorkJets.com.
  10. ^ Lange, Randy (November 22, 2016). "Jets Bring Back WR/KR Jeremy Ross". NewYorkJets.com.
  11. ^ Joseph, Andrew (April 2, 2019). "AAF player learns of league's collapse less than 24 hours after signing contract". For The Win. USA Today. Retrieved April 4, 2019.

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