When Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece was named to the 2013 Pro Bowl, it was almost a given his talents would go to waste. However, after the game was played it was shocking to see how useless he was made to be out there.
The AFC only ran the ball 11 times for 15 yards, not the ideal breakdown for an athletic fullback like Reece. To make matters worse, Reece was in the game very early on when the AFC could have used his talents to their advantage. The Raiders found a way to utilize Reece and his talents, but the Pro Bowl is not the correct place to showcase those skills.
Reece excels at being both a bruising back and an excellent receiver out of the backfield, but those are not skills valued at the Pro Bowl. Although Reece does not care about his production and was happy to be there, it is sad that more people don’t know about his excellent season this year. He had 59 carries for 271 yards most of which came when he replaced Darren McFadden after the starter injured his ankle. Even more surprisingly, Reece had nearly 500 receiving yards on 52 receptions and had 351 yards after the catch. He became a big target for Carson Palmer and Reece was an unsung hero for Oakland this year.
It is a true shame the AFC wasted Reece’s talents at the Pro Bowl because he would have been a very useful weapon for the team. None of the other AFC running backs were all that effective and the quarterbacks turned the ball over three times. If the AFC had used the talents of their team better they may have just won the Pro Bowl.