One of the Oakland Raiders best offensive weapons is fullback Marcel Reece. However, the Raiders have yet to find a way to consistently use him to his potential in the offense. That has not changed this season with new offensive coordinator Greg Olson as Reece remains a frustratingly underutilized part.
Last season when starting running back Darren McFadden missed four games, Reece finally got the opportunity to show what he can do. He delivered, going over 100 combined rushing and receiving yards in three of the four games. He ended the 2012 campaign with career highs in receptions (52), receiving yards (496), and rushing yards (271). Once McFadden returned, the Raiders went away for Reece, who only caught six passes and rushed for 10 yards in the next three games.
This season, Reece has been a total afterthought in the offense. Through six games, Reece has nine rushes for 47 yards and 10 catches for 86 yards. He has scored touchdowns both rushing and receiving. With his blend of size, speed, and pass catching ability, he should be a crucial part of the offense. Somehow, the Raiders are unable to incorporate the team captain into a weekly contributor. The team signed him to a three year extension this offseason, which makes it even more baffling they can't find him more opportunities.
Now the Raiders have a bye week and need to spend some time getting Reece involved. Certainly, the offense has changed once quarterback Terrelle Pryor took over the starting role and the two have not had much time to develop chemistry. This is the time to get Reece and Pryor comfortable with each other and build Reece into the offense to a higher degree. The alternative is to continue to leave a serious offensive play maker with little effect on the game.
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