Raiders to try out free agent fullback Owen Schmitt

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Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports that free agent fullback Owen Schmitt will try out for the Oakland Raiders this week.

Perhaps best known for a pre-game ritual consisting of repeated self-inflicted head wounds, Schmitt was a fifth-round pick out of West Virginia in 2008, drafted by the Seahawks. Schmitt appeared in all 16 games with the Eagles last season, carrying the football four times for six yards.

In Oakland, exclusive rights free agent fullback Marcel Reece has yet to sign his one-year tender. The Raiders’ tryout of Schmitt may be an attempt to put pressure on Reece.

Schmitt also has background with new Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp from their days together in Seattle.

33 responses to “Raiders to try out free agent fullback Owen Schmitt

  1. nothing wrong with quality depth, but reece is the “x” factor for the raiders.

  2. That is awesome that he is in Oakland.

    Pure attitude and nastiness at its best. At WVU Owen had a bad habit of breaking his metal face mask on the opponents head. I believe he was known as “The Runaway Beer Truck”.

    I love this addition to the silver and black, it’s about time……

  3. Good depth. But Reece should be a priority. He’s a freak athlete.

    I never understood why more plays weren’t made to get the ball in Reece’s hands last season. He out-runs linebackers and out-muscles d-backs.

  4. As a Eagles fans im disappointed Owen won’t be back in Philly . Schmitt isn’t the most talented or athletic fullback in the league but he makes up for it with heart & passion . Good luck Owen Schmitt , you deserve a roster spot !

  5. Winning game seven in Memphis and still worries about the fullback position, Blake Griffin is amazing!

  6. As a Eagles fan I hate to loose him. Darn good pass catcher and blocker. Question….who replaces him at fullback?

  7. Like clockwork, PFT writes an article about the Raiders and theres “pantherpro” trying to be witty taking a cheap shot at them. I know the Raiders haven’t done much lately but this is a franchise with three Lombardi trophies, I forget how many trophies do the Panthers have? I don’t know of too many Raider fans that troll the Panther articles, what’s your obsession anyways? Closet fan or what?…

  8. Schmitt is all football. He can catch, block, run, and is way faster on the football field than in the Underoo Olympics.

    He has ‘tweener size too at 6’3″/265lbs.

    And- he’ll play ST like it’s the SB on every play.

    He can even LS.

  9. Nice to see that there is still a use for hard nosed blocking backs in the NFL , like Schmitt and Hynoski , who’s with the Giants .

  10. So what! They owner has a dumb and dumber haircut.

    1. Denver Bronco

    2. San Diego Spark plugs

    3. K.C Chefs

    4. Choakland Gayders

  11. A perfect RAIDER, this guy is tenacious. Hopefully he can contribute, if he makes the team.

    Big Reg will make sure to take care of Reece. He is arguably the 2nd or 3rd best offensive option, he needs to be in camp.

  12. @pantherpro: Your obsession with the RAIDERS is evident. Your inane rants are laughable. Whoever slapped you around in life must have been wearing RAIDERS gear. Lol- looking forward to your next post you troll of the highest order.

  13. Hey Pantherpro,

    I love that you like to hate! It shows how much of a dumbass you are for talking smack. Your team sucks ass. The panthers couldn’t finish when they had the talent. No Lombardi to show off.

    Keep hating on the Raiders. Even are horrible seasons are more exciting than your best ones.

  14. If this means Reece gets an expanded role in the offense, I am all for it. Schmitt is a solid fullback, and an old school Raider type player. Should be a win-win, not to sound like Carson Palmer.

  15. “bizieman says:
    May 15, 2012 12:40 AM
    So what! They owner has a dumb and dumber haircut.

    1. Denver Bronco

    2. San Diego Spark plugs

    3. K.C Chefs

    4. Choakland Gayders”

    I can’t tell if this is a comment or an indictment of the American education system?

  16. Thanks for the info Philly fans. Knew nothing about the guy. Sounds like a good back up plan if Reece continues to play hardball. We really need to get Reece a new contract, but at the right price. In Reggie we trust.


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