Marcel Reece is just what the Seattle Seahawks need, to boost both their struggling offensive line and injury-depleted backfield.
In many ways, this has been one of the more bizarre seasons the Seattle Seahawks have gone through in the Pete Carroll era. A quick glance at the rushing charts further supports this claim.
With an average of 88.9 yards per game heading into Week 13, the Seahawks currently rank 27th in the entire NFL. This team is nowhere near the dominant rushing attack we’re used to seeing, in large part due to the retirement of Marshawn Lynch.
Of course, there’s been other factors to consider, with injuries to Russell Wilson, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise all playing a part. In addition, the offensive line has been terrible – a victim of the salary cap, which saw little money invested in strengthening this area.
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Regardless, Carroll knows the ground game has to improve, if the Seahawks are to make a push at returning to the Super Bowl. If recent news is anything to go by, it appears the team is at least attempting to rectify the issue.
Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, ESPN’s Field Yates reports that Marcel Reece took part in a workout at the VMAC on Tuesday. This comes as part of the fullback’s tour around the NFL, which has now seen him visit at least four teams.
The fact the four-time Pro Bowler is even available comes as somewhat of a surprise. However, it partly comes down to the fact the fullback position is currently being utilized by fewer teams around the league.
In addition, the Oakland Raiders decided to cut Reece earlier this season, after he served a four-game suspension for taking steroids. Still, he could prove to be an invaluable pickup for the Seahawks.
The Inglewood, California native is one of the more well-rounded players at his position. As well as being an excellent lead-blocker, he is a dependable receiver out of the backfield, who also has a career average of 4.6 yards per rushing attempt.
Reece has a history with the Seattle area, having played for the Washington Huskies in college. He holds the record for the Dawgs’ longest play from scrimmage, after scoring on a 98-yard reception against the University of Arizona.
One final factor to consider, is the 31-year old’s familiarity with the blocking schemes of Tom Cable. The Seahawks’ offensive line coach was in charge of the Raiders, during Reece’s first three seasons in the NFL.
What’s your position regarding Reece? Do you believe he would make a difference to the Seahawks’ running game, or are you not convinced by what the fullback could bring to Seattle? Share your thoughts in the comments section.