There wasn’t much to feel good about yesterday for Raider Nation. Any day that ends with the team owner apologizing to the fans is never a good day.
If there was one ray of light that escaped from the Black Hole on Sunday it was wearing a #45 jersey.
Marcel Reece was finally unleashed much to the delight of Raider Nation who has been waiting for Reece to get an expanded role in the offense. I’m not going to turn this bit of positivity into a negative rant on the official punching bag of the fans – Greg Knapp. But…ya know…
It took two injuries, the coaching staff having absolutely no faith in Taiwan Jones and Reece’s second start as a feature back but it all came together against the Saints.
Reece had a game very reminiscent of the one Michael Bush had in San Diego one year ago from an all-around standpoint. While Reece didn’t find the end zone he did find plenty of running room racking up 193 total yards.
The versatile skills of Reece were on display in every way possible as he nearly went for 100 yards rushing and receiving nearly doing something no man has done in Silver and Black since Marcus Allen. That’s saying something considering Reece had never seen that kind of a work load. In college he was a receiver and for the last few years he’s been a fullback/hybrid type of player. You could see he was gassed early in the third but Marcel did like a solider and sucked it up. He wasn’t about to let this moment pass without giving it all he had.
To suddenly morph in an all-purpose feature back in only his second start in that role is impressive but many knew Marcel had this type of game. It took some desperate situations for Knapp to finally let Reece off the leash but now the NFL’s best kept secret is out of the bag. Even if Darren McFadden returns healthy there is no doubt Reece must remain a contributor in the offense. Yesterday he was the only thing that even gave the Raiders a chance at making an otherwise awful game respectable in certain moments.
But all the praise means little if there isn’t a win to go with it. Reece had to have a private celebration having finally had his coming out party in the NFL. I’m sure he’d much prefer to notch a W instead though. That kind of glory always means more than getting love from fantasy geeks out to make a trendy waiver move.