Marcel Reece to continue fill-in duty in Raiders’ backfield


Fullback Marcel Reece is expected to get a second straight start at running back for the Oakland Raiders this week if Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are unable to play.

McFadden and Goodson have yet to practice this week as each is dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

Reece started at halfback for the Raiders last week in team’s 55-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. According to Eric Gilmore of, Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said Reece will get the call again this week against the New Orleans Saints.

“Outside of just coming in and playing halfback last week — and he’ll do it again this week — his ability to pass protect, to run routes, it’s a great chess piece for a coordinator to have,” Knapp said.

The former college wide receiver, turned tight end, turned fullback has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Raiders. Reece carried the ball 13 times for 48 yards against the Ravens last week as Oakland was playing from behind the entire game.

Reece is getting the start over third-string running back Taiwan Jones. Per Gilmore, Knapp said they need to see improvement in ball security and pass protection from Jones before they feel comfortable using him more frequently.

“I’ve got to see (that) in practice first, consistently. And I haven’t seen it consistently in practice, and that’s what we look for, is perfection in practice,” Knapp said.

Per the report, McFadden did some limited running on his injured ankle Thursday but did not participate in practice.

9 responses to “Marcel Reece to continue fill-in duty in Raiders’ backfield

  1. No disrespect to V-Leech but Reece is the most versital and complete package w/ consistently positive results and highlight reel-Fullback in the league. Ya’ll better recognize!!!

  2. Reece is a special weapon, a true mismatch waiting to happen. To call him a complete player would be an understatement.

    Having said that, Knapp needs to be gone asap, if not sooner.

  3. They don’t feel comfortable with Jones, yet he’s on the roster, then bring up a RB from the practice squad and gives him more carries. Typical Knapp screw up. If Jones is that bad and no confidence in him, then put him on the practice squad, trade him or get rid of him. Another example of money spent for NOTHING. Reese is a great all purpose back, but not an everdown back so yes Palmer will have to throw most of the games which means interceptions again. Knapps version of offense isn’t working for the run and the front line can’t block, the defense can either stop the run and let the passing go wild or stop the passing and the running goes wild. They can’t do both. What number draft pick will the Raiders get? Trade DMC, get a few higher draft picks, then maybe Jones will be ready.

  4. I’m not one for daydreaming about what could have been, but Oakland had a good thing with Michael Bush.

  5. masterblaster78 says:
    Nov 16, 2012 5:21 PM
    They don’t feel comfortable with Jones, yet he’s on the roster, then bring up a RB from the practice squad and gives him more carries. Typical Knapp screw up blah blah blah blah I like twinkies and back fat…

    TJ has been really good on ST this year, which is why he is still on the gameday roster.

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