The Oakland Raiders have signed fullback Marcel Reece to a 3-year contract extension csnbayarea.com reported.
“It’s another step to my goal – being a Raider for life,” Reece said to the news source. “Al Davis believed in me more than I did myself at times, and it meant a lot to me … I love the organization and I love the Raiders family.”
While signing Reece shows he is part of the organization’s immediate plans and despite several writers and experts going on record saying the fullback is a matchup nightmare, productivity matching his potential has yet to be seen on the field.
Reece played 24 of the 67 offensive snaps last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, during which he recorded only one catch for nine yards.
However, Reece’s lack of touches is not because of lack of effort.
CSN Bay Area Raiders insider Scott Bair said the reason for Reece’s inability to make an impact during games is because Raiders’ opponents plan specifically to try to make him a non-factor, forcing offensive coordinator Greg Olson to look elsewhere.
If that is the case, then that reveals how much respect Reece draws from opposing defenses.
Although it isn’t shown as often as the Raiders would like, Reece has shown flashes of his ability.
Reece recorded 52 catches for 496 yards and one touchdown during the 2011-12 season, according to ESPN.
A game in which Reece was on full display last season was during a Week 11 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
In a game Reece started at halfback because of injuries to Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, he rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries and made four receptions for 90 yards.
With an offense in dire need of playmakers, the Raiders must find ways to make Reece a consistent threat despite being game planned against.
“We do need to find ways to get [Reece] the ball,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said to csnbayarea.com. “But again, we can’t force anything. We have to take what the defense gives us.”
A healthy McFadden paired with a player like Reece in the backfield, along with young and talented quarterback in Terrelle Pryor, has endless possibilities.
Still, the Raiders coaches have to figure out how to get these players in open space where they are most dangerous.
Signing Reece to an extension is great, but it’s meaningless if he continues to be a non-issue.