When the Oakland Raiders lost starting running back Darren McFadden and back-up Mike Goodson for the last two weeks with high ankle sprains, fullback Marcel Reece stepped in to carry the rushing load. In those game, Reece has proved his value to the team and has been a rare bright spot.
In both games, Reece was able to accumulate over 100 total yards. Against the Baltimore Ravens, Reece carried 13 times for 48 yards and caught seven passes for 56 yards. This week against the New Orleans Saints, Reece exploded for 193 total yards. He rushed 19 times for 103 yards and added four receptions for 90 yards.
Reece has always been known as a versatile weapon for the Raiders. He was a converted college wide receiver who came into the NFL and moved to fullback. The 6-3, 240 pound undrafted free agent is a match-up nightmare. He has incredible speed for a fullback and great catching ability and size. He is too fast for linebackers to cover and too strong for safeties. Now in the last two weeks, he is showing his vision and patience as a running back. He is also a terrific blocker on blitz pick-ups.
With his performance, Reece should continue to be relied upon by the Raiders offense. Even when McFadden and Goodson return to the field, Reece needs to be a major part of the offense. He is primarily used in the passing game because of his unique skill set, but has warranted the opportunity to be a focal point of the offense. Few teams in the NFL have a player with such rare talent.
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