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Raiders fullback Marcel Reece may be lighter, but insists he is as strong as ever after losing 15 pounds in offseason

Marcel Reece came into training camp with the usual enthusiasm and zeal for all things silver and black.

Yet for anyone who has observed the Raiders fullback over the past few years, something was missing, and it was evident at first glance. Reece has lost about 15 pounds, going from 250 pounds a year ago to around 235.

Why would a two-time Pro Bowl player change anything?

“I change my game in a lot of ways every year,” Reece said following practice Monday. “This year it just happened to be physically noticeable. I didn’t think it was a big deal until I got here and you guys started talking about it.”

Reece was fast enough last season to burst for a career-long 63-yard touchdown run against the New York Jets. He leaked out of the backfield often enough for 32 receptions for 331 yards. He wanted more. He went to running backs coach Skip Peete, offensive coordinator Greg Olson and head coach Dennis Allen and everyone agreed Reece might be more explosive at a lighter weight.

Correction: The Raiders running backs coach is Kelly Skipper. Skip Peete is a former Raiders running backs coach.

“Everyone focuses on the number, whether it’s 255 or 238 or 240,” Reece said. “To me, it’s not about that. It’s about feeling good, feeling leaner, feeling I can do anything on the field without limitations.”

The immediate concern among fans is that Reece’s blocking could be jeopardized. However, Reece is more valuable as an offensive weapon and matchup problem than he is as a blocker, with Jamize Olawale available for pure power. Blocking isn’t always about size, as evidenced by Raiders assistant Justin Griffith, who was an excellent blocking fullback for the Falcons and Raiders while seldom weighing over 230 pounds.

“I think actually it will help my blocking,” Reece said. “When you’re younger, you think it’s all brute strength and size and how big you are. To be honest, blocking is really technical. Of course there’s a physical aspect to it, but my strength as gone nowhere. I feel stronger than ever.

“It wasn’t about losing weight and slimming down _ a lot of people lose weight. It was about losing body fat, gaining lean muscle.”

Allen said he didn’t think Reece’s blocking would be affected and said, “where it’s going to help him is in the passing game. Marcel’s been effective for us and we’ve been able to get Marcel the ball and we’re going to continue to get Marcel the ball. He’ll be a guy that we’re going to count on to help us this year.”

Reece’s receiving numbers were down overall in 2013 after catching 52 passes for 396 yards in 2012.

– The Raiders are off Tuesday and resume practice Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    New York and California are both in that category and fit his description.
    Business has been fleeing California for quite awhile. Ditto New York.
    Two of the worst run states in the country.

  • plunkhead

    http://www.sportsoutwest.com/2014/07/28/raiders-training-camp-2014-dennis-allen-in-love-with-his-quarterbacks/

    “I love our quarterback room,” the Oakland Raiders head coach told the media Sunday. “I think we have an outstanding quarterback room, all the way from one to four on the depth chart.”

    “I go back to the depth on this football team. That’s another area where I think we have quality depth, at the quarterback position.”

    All four throwers took the field Sunday in the Raiders’ first practice in pads, and they made Allen proud. With or without a simulated pass rush, most balls were on point and the only interception of the day (by McGloin) was due to a tripped receiver.

    “All our quarterbacks were crisp today,” Allen added. “I thought it was a good practice and I think a lot of times when you’re looking at practice, when the quarterbacks play well you walk off the field with a good feeling about how practice went. So, I thought all (four) of those guys did a nice job.”

    Questions remain, however.

  • AlDavisJr

    The London Raiders. Dang–kinda makes one long for old Black Beard and Black Sam Bellamy.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Good news! I googled Alamodome images and we canhave a dirt infield!

    Here’s a pic.

  • RaiderCDE

    The LA thing is something Mark probably has no access to. Goodell and the other owners will control who goes there and when, etc. My bet is LA will be offered to a billionaire owner (Balmer?) for an expansion team with the other team being in London to maintain parity – one team in each conference.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Maybe the A’s could go with.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Scott Bair @BairCSN 38m Nailed it: @timkawakami: Raiders want to build on Coliseum site. If that isn’t happening soon, they need alternatives. And leverage
    ““““““““““““““““““““““““““““
    As much as I despise the little twerp, I agree here…

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Biloxi, Mississippi.

  • RaidingTexas

    You worry about your side of the pond!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He’s taken care of all their problems.

  • RaidingTexas
  • AlDavisJr

    Has Oaktown done shyte for the Raiders? Maybe it is time to take other options to the meeting room and do something,

  • R8derdiehard

    Man oakland moves to l.a. Then moved back to oakland only to move to….? I hope not keep oakland where we are raiders belong there.

  • BigBenRexor

    Same $h!t, possibly different toilet?

  • DT42

    37 Consecutive Winning Seasons. Central Texas is the reason Texas has the rep of being football crazy!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    New post guess what it is about.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Ever try to pull a building permit here?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    My history lies on both sides–and so does my money.

  • R8derdiehard

    They will lose more fan base just like when they moved the first time

  • AlDavisJr

    Less than 200,000 live there.

  • lefty12

    And you’d get your wish of the Raiders moving,right,DJ!

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd 19m

    Davis said former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend and he met with San Antonio officials at his suggestion. Has no other comment

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    New post

  • DJ Johnny

    Here’s another angle. Jerry Jones will take notice of this and I can’t imagine him being happy about the prospect of another Texas team infringing. So…he may be more agreeable to pushing the other owners to facillitate a Raider move to LA.

    Jerry is the lead “manager” (or whatever) of NFL Network…and is one of the most influential owners.

  • AlDavisJr

    Not the Alamodome, but did do the Riverwalk about 7 years ago. Hell, I like San Antone. Say whatcha want, but I like it better than Oakland. Love the Raiders, but don’t see SA as any down grade for the team.

  • Howard Benner

    Works for the association. . .they like “the only game in town” syndrome. . .

    OKC, San Antonio, Portlandia, Orlando, Salt Lake City. . .

    But not so much for the NFL. . .Jacksonville? Buffalo? Green Bay is the exception to the rule & their lack of a concrete owner & the legacy of the Pack trump that stigma. . .

  • Thomas Bennett

    Not that I think the Raiders should consider being anywhere in Utah, but Sale Lake has around a million people when you factor in SLC, West Valley, Jordan, Murray, Sandy – Salte Lake County. All these areas are connected in one big city.