Marcel Reese heading to his first Pro Bowl

Raiders fullback  Marcel Reece will replace Baltimore’s  Vonta Leach on the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster after the Ravens earned a trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Reece had been selected as a first alternate for the NFL’s all-star game, which will be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium next Sunday.

Reece played in all 16 games with 14 starts — 10 at fullback and four at running back. He had a career-high 59 rushing attempts for 271 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He also ranked second on the team with 52 catches for 496 yards and one touchdown, ranking fourth among NFL running backs in receptions. He also led running backs with 9.5 yards per reception.

Reece totally deserves to go as he was basically the one bright spot on the dismal Raider’s offense this year.  He proved to the NFL that the fullback position is alive and well and can be a real weapon when game planning.   Reece was not only very proficient at running the ball in the games he played in this year, but his blocking was also vastly improved from a few years ago.   Going into next season, Reece must be considered as one of the top blocking fullbacks.   Aside from running and blocking, Marcel Reece was a real weapon catching the ball.  He caught 52 passes for 496 yards – 347 of those yards came after the catch.  He caught more passes than any fullback, and only 4 running backs caught more than him.   As far as running the ball, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry on 59 carries.  He averaged 3.4 yards after contact per attempt.

Hopefully the Raiders will reward Reece’s productive year with more carries and touches in the 2013 season..

 


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One Response to “Marcel Reese heading to his first Pro Bowl”

  1. John R. LoRe, Ph.D. says:

    Great, maybe the new OC will find a way to work him into the playbook. Hello?!

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