By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 3:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Marcel Reece was a limited participant in the first session available to the media at the Raiders’ organized team activity Wednesday as he immerses himself in a new offensive system.
Then again, Greg Knapp was the Raiders offensive coordinator when Reece arrived in 2008, so there was some familiarity.
“I consider myself a pretty sharp guy and catch on pretty quick,’’ Reece said. “I’m familiar with coach (Kelly Skipper) and a lot of things they like to do. Some of the terminology is different. It takes a couple of days to get your feet back under you but football is football.’’
One of the NFL’s most unique talents, Reece has the skills of a wide receiver in the body (6-foot-2, 250 pounds) of a fullback. He has 54 receptions for 654 yards and has been described as a “matchup nightmare.’’
His production as an undrafted free agent means the Raiders are getting a bargain at the exclusive rights free agent tender of $540,000, a figure Reece was reluctant to sign for in homes of getting a long-term deal.
With no leverage, however, and time slipping away, Reece opted to sign and get caught up.
“What’s important is now I’m here,’’ Reece said. “Everyone that was involved in that situation, we’re all men of integrity, we all know what the deal was, what was going on and everything has been positive between myself, (coach) Dennis Allen, Reggie McKenzie and my agent Joel Segal.
“Everyone knows once I get on the field I’m a hard-working player.’’
As for the desire for a long-term deal, Reece said, “I want to be a Raider for life. I’ve made that clear since 2008.’’
Allen said Reece’s biggest area of improvement will need to be as a lead blocker in the zone scheme. Reece is fine with that assessment.
“I’m always trying to get myself better and be the best player I can be and be the best player in the league. I thank him for letting me know that,’’ Reece said.