ALAMEDA -– Fullback isn’t a fixture in the new Raiders offense. This leads to the age-old question of what to do with Marcel Reece, who isn’t a fullback in the truest sense. The versatile veteran does several things well when put in a position to succeed.
That has been tough at times, leading to uneven production that downright disappears in spurts.
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave might be the man to use Reece right. He’s a coordinator who values players over plays, and will try to find a proper mix of fullback and receiving responsibilities for No. 45.
“Marcel has some dominant traits. He does,” Musgrave said after Thursday’s practice. “So part of coaching for us is we think players first, then plays. We think a lot about Marcel, think about what his strengths are, where his dominant traits lie and then devise some plays where he could use those. So his title may say fullback, but in terms of fullback jobs, he’s going to be asked to do a few of those. But also he’s going to be asked to do a few other jobs that may be unconventional.”
Reece can line up in the slot, or at several spots in the backfield trying to find a mismatch. Some work in his favor, and can prompt significant production. Others, however, do not. Customizing Reece’s role is an important task that, if done right, can add another dimension to the Raiders offense.
“We’re ready to show the world what we’ve been working on,” Reece said. “We’ve kept a lot to ourselves, and we’re excited to let our play speak for itself."