The Oakland Raiders lone Pro-Bowl player last year Marcel Reece will thrive under the Terrelle Pryor era of Raiders football. Although Reece did have a Pro Bowl season last year, he was not used enough under the failed Greg Knapp regime. Expect Reece to basically play fullback, running back, and tight end throughout the season for the Raiders.
New offensive coordinator Greg Olsen will make the running game a focal point of the offense this season. With the oft-injured Darren McFadden as the starting running back, Olsen must get the ball into other ball carriers hands to avoid another catastrophic McFadden breakdown. Last season when finally called upon to be a running back, Reece had great success running the ball and even had a 100 yard rushing game. Expect Reece to get his fair share of carries this year at running back while backup fullback Jamize Olowale lead blocks for him.
With a crew of unproven tight ends expected to rotate through the starting lineup this year, expect Reece to get the receptions that would usually go to a tight end. The former college wide receiver Reece has shown that he has not lost his pass catching skills in the NFL. With Pryor expected to find his check down receivers quite often Reece will be targeted often. What makes Reece even more dangerous with Pryor at the helm is the fact that Pryor can fake the read-option with McFadden and find Reece open in the flat, where Reece has the speed and strength to get through defenders in the open field.
Marcel Reece must live up to his captain status this year for the Raiders to have any chance to win games.