As the Oakland Raiders move on from last season's sub-par offensive performance, new offensive coordinator Greg Olson must find ways to utilize fullback Marcel Reece. Reece is a match-up nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators and proved his value in 2012 when running back Darren McFadden was injured.
McFadden missed four games last season while dealing with an ankle injury. During that stretch, Reece emerged as the starting running back. His versatility was on full display as he combined for more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in the first three games. In the previous eight games, Reece had only one rush attempt and 26 receptions. For the four games stretch as a focal point of the offense, he rushed 54 times for 261 yards and caught 20 passes for 195 yards. That makes 456 total yards in four games.
Now, Olson must find a way to put Reece in position to make plays. He was the size to bully safeties and cornerbacks as well as the speed to burn linebackers. McFadden remains the center point of the Raiders offensive attack, but Reece can be an important compliment. Factor in that the Raiders will have a starting quarterback with little experience and Reece becomes an even more valuable asset. Olson will be tasked with the duty to maximize the ability of both McFadden and Reece in the same games. The Raiders offense needs consistent and explosive parts, which McFadden and Reece provide.
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