For those who have been wishing that Raiders fullback Marcel Reece would get more touches in the backfield after signing an extension early in the season, you will be getting your wish in an hours time when the Raiders visit the New York Jets in a battle of two struggling AFC teams.
FOX NFL’s Jay Glazer reported that Rashad Jennings did not pass the league’s concussion protocol and therefore was not cleared to go out onto the field this Sunday. With Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart both injured that meant the Raiders two options were usual fullback Reece and former RB/special teams weapon Taiwan Jones.
Raiders RB Jennings not expected to go, they’ll shift FB Marcel Reese over. Julius Thomas expected to go. Steelers L Bell gets the go too
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 8, 2013
While Glazer may want to brush up on his spelling of Raiders players, the report was also confirmed by the Raiders official twitter account and makes this Raiders-Jets game just a little bit more interesting. Reece has been likened to Ray Rice many times and has a ton of speed/power out of the fullback position but is also far from a typical running back. With the Jets holding teams to 77 yards rushing per game this will be the ultimate test to see if Reece can transition into more of a classic tailback role as a runner. It will be interesting to see if the talented running/catching fullback threat will be able to translate his success as a second option in the backfield into success as being the running back against one of the NFL’s best run defenses.
The complete inactive list for Raiders-Jets is as follows:
Raiders at Jets
Raiders: RB Darren McFadden, RB Jeremy Stewart, S Tyvon Branch, WRDenarius Moore, G Mike Brisiel, RB Rashad Jennings, G Lamar Mady
Jets: QB David Garrard, LB Jermaine Cunningham, G William Campbell, TOday Aboushi, T Ben Ijalana, TE Chris Pantale, WR Stephen Hill