The faithful readers of JBB might have realized by now that we’ve been reviewing the Raiders’ roster in alphabetical order. So it’s just plain luck that on the same day Marcel Reece was up for review that he signed his contract tender.
Those same faithful readers of our humble blog also know that I was as critical as any when it came to calling out Reece for his failure to sign his offer sheet and get involved in the voluntary OTAs. It’s not that I think Reece is greedy in any way. Quite the opposite I’m all for Marcel getting what’s due to him. I also realize that these are not the Al Davis Raiders and every man on the roster must prove his worth.
Reece has more than proven that he’s among the most unique talents in the game of football. At the same time he hasn’t proven enough to warrant a holdout before camp. Not when he has yet to cement himself as a starter and not when he has yet to establish himself as a fulltime fullback.
Reece started just 6 games in 2012 playing in a total of 12 contests due to injury. None the less he was able to rack up an unreal 301 receiving yards averaging 11 yards a catch. Safe to say Reece might be the only fullback in league history capable of making a house call with every touch he gets.
It’s also fare to say that Reece is massively underpaid. But that’s what happens when you enter the league as an undrafted free agent. Marcel came into the NFL with no guarantees so after two impressive yet incomplete seasons it’s also understandable why he’s waiting for his first payday.
If things go according to plan in 2012 then Reece will take on an expanded role and truly blossom into the superior talent he is. Or the exact opposite can happen which will give Reggie McKenzie even more reason to turn to vet Owen Schmitt. There is a reason why the Raiders inked another capable fullback after all. Marcel has much to prove to his new boss. That’s why like our roster review today Reece’s timing couldn’t have been any better. His time is now or never. There are only so many opportunities afforded to an individual in the NFL and Marcel was blowing his with a pointless holdout. So long as he takes care of business he’ll get what’s owed to him. Anything less will make Reece nothing more than another Raider folk hero.