Jamize Olawale reminds Raiders of someone familiar


Marcel Reece has never been a high-touch running back, but the versatile fullback has become one of the Oakland Raiders' most available offensive players over the years.

Though Reece still has a role with the Raiders, another running back, Jamize Olawale, is also becoming a productive player. Depending on the game plan, Olawale, long Reece's backup, has become a valuable change-of-pace option to starting tailback Latavius Murray.

The coaching staff sees a lot of Reece in Olawale.

"He’s very similar to Marcel," Oakland offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. "(He can) Catch the ball out of the back field, can be a lead blocker and also ball carrier. He’s healthy now. I think he’s feeling more and more healthy as we proceed through the season. That’s helped us evaluate and assess his talents more."

Musgrave said Olawale clearly has taken notes from Reece.

"I would say a considerable amount," Musgrave said. "There’s a lot of synergy in there, a lot of support amongst the players."