2013 Free Agents of interest – Part 6 – Marcel Reece, RB/FB/TE


Marcel Reece – RB/FB/TE: 6’ 1’’, 255 lbs., 27 y/o, 4th season, undrafted college free agent in 2008 signed by Miami Dolphins, released and signed in Oakland practice squad. Debuted in 2009 for the Oakland Raiders.

Marcel Reece is one of the most underrated offensive players in the NFL. What he could bring on the field is a special blend of attitude and physical skills. He went undrafted and then released by the Dolphins because he was thought to be too small to play tight end and too slow to play running back. He gained every snap he had played by doing whatever is been asked him to do in the field. What he did for the Raiders is blocking, running and making amazing catches. What I really like of him is that he never gives up. Yes, even this week he was one of the few Raiders that were fighting until the end of the match against Cincinnati that was dominating since minute 3 in the 1st quarter.

I actually don’t like that much to pick up players from division rivals, but in this case I think he’d be an amazing addition to the roster due to his intangibles and abilities.

 

His career stats as week 12 of 2012: 95 run attempts, 459 yards (4,8 yards average), 1 rushing TD, 95 receptions for 1101 yards and 6 TDs and 4 fumbles (2 lost).

Why the broncos would be interested:

  • Reece versatility is off the chart. He will never sprint half of football field for a TD, but he could move the chains when is needed in so many different ways.
  • About the previous point: he can make the power rushing during 3rd and few yards or in goal line situations.
  • He can block.
  • He can catch a screen pass and run for a bigger gain.
  • He can be targeted deeper in the field, playing a tight end role.
  • He can play special teams.
  • This is the versatility that Denver looks to try to find in players on offense.
  • Coming out of a bad year, Oakland could try to start over with complete roster renovation. This could mean that they could give him a low tag as restricted free agent (his draft status would, for example, allow Oakland only to match up another team offer without draft pick compensation).

Why the Broncos could not pursue him:

  • He will be Restricted Free Agent. It will depend on which compensation Oakland will define for him, I guess that he’s one of the few valuable assets on the Oakland offense right now. I can envision Oakland wanting him back.
  • The Broncos aren’t the only team with a good front office, other team with probably more Cap space could be in the mix (if Oakland decide to slap on him a Right of first refusal only).
  • It will be useless to sign him if then not used more often than not on offense snaps…and I can recall too many tweener FB/RB playing alongside Peyton Manning.

Resume:

Marcel Reece is a big effort player with a unique blend of abilities. His versatility could allow him to be productive in so many aspects of the game and let him being use in so many offense sub packages that is hard to overlook him as a RFA in 2013. Depending on the compensation that Oakland will asks (no way Denver will give a middle round draft pick to the Raiders), I can see Denver FO make a move or not.

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