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MMA Workouts Helping FB Marcel Reece

Part of Raiders fullback Marcel Reece development from the practice squad to the starting lineup can be attributed to mixed martial arts training, writes Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

“It’s helped with my flexibility, my hip movement and my conditioning,” said Reece. “It’s a great workout, and I enjoy learning something new every day.”

Originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted wide receiver out of the University of Washington in 2008, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Reece spent most of his first two seasons on the Raiders’ practice squad. Reece appeared in two games in 2009, catching a pair of passes for 20 yards.

Last season, Reece started 10 of 16 games and gained 122 yards on 30 carries with one touchdown, adding 25 receptions for 333 yards and three touchdowns out of the backfield. Reece’s 73-yard catch-and-run against the Denver Broncos in Week 15 was the Raiders’ longest play from scrimmage in 2010.

The 26-year-old Reece is an exclusive rights free agent in 2011 and will be back in Silver & Black once the lockout ends. Reece plans to test for jiu-jitsu belts, but not until his football days are done.

“I am plenty sore Monday through Friday as it is, thanks,” Reece said.

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