Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece just signed a three year contract extension with the Oakland Raiders that will pay him like the important player that he is. However, new offensive coordinator Greg Olsen has yet to fully capitalize on having Reece at his disposal. So far this year, Reece only has two carries and five receptions.
On Monday night against the Denver Broncos it seemed like Olsen tried to incorporate Reece into the offensive game plan a little bit more. In fact, on the very first offensive play Terrelle Pryor tried to throw a short pass to Reece on what looked like a designed play, but Pryor under threw Reece. Reece was targeted 7 times in the passing game on Monday night by all three players who threw a pass for the silver and black. Backfield partner Darren McFadden was actually the player who threw the 16 yard touchdown pass to Reece.
Although Reece finished with 4 catches for 45 yards on Monday night, he still was not used enough in the offense. Hopefully, Olsen does not make the same mistake that last year’s offensive coordinator Greg Knapp made when it comes to utilizing Reece. Knapp waited until week 10 last year to hand the ball off to Reece. Greg Olsen must use Reece in the running game this year especially because of McFadden’s inconsistency. We must not forget that Reece had a 100 yard rushing game last year. In Reece’s two carries this year he is averaging a stellar 7.5 yards a carry.
In order for the Raiders offense to thrive this year, Marcel Reece needs to be one of the focal points to the offense. Not only can Reece help out as a wide receiver out of the backfield but he can also take pressure off of McFadden in the running game. Hopefully, Monday night was just a sign of things to come from Reece this season.