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Friday, January 3, 2014
Reece named second-team All-Pro

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece was named second-team All-Pro on Friday and, as one of 50 voters for the team, yes, he had my vote.

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Reece finished with eight votes, well behind the Carolina Panthers' Mike Tolbert, who had 31, but ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs' Anthony Sherman (5), the San Francisco 49ers' Bruce Miller (4) and the Green Bay Packers' John Kuhn (1).

But as much as Reece, a converted college receiver, is seen as a matchup nightmare, he was just as underused in the Raiders' offense. Reece is not your prototypical power-blocking fullback, but he does so many other things well that his only getting one touch in the Raiders' season finale is more than strange, though it was par for an increasingly frustrating course for Reece's supporters.

His versatility set him apart from the league's other fullbacks, in my opinion.

On the season, the 6-feet-1, 255-pound Reece appeared in all 16 games, starting 15, and carried the ball 46 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns while catching 32 passes for 331 yards and two more TDs.

On Dec. 8 at the New York Jets, his versatility was on full display as he started at tailback in place of the injured trio of Rashad Jennings, Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart.

Reece went for a career-high 123 yards rushing on 19 attempts and broke off a career-long 63-yard touchdown run in the Raiders' eventual 37-27 loss to the Jets.

The last Raiders position players on offense to receive any All-Pro recognition were quarterback Rich Gannon, receiver Jerry Rice, offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy and center Barret Robbins in 2002. Punter Shane Lechler and placekicker Sebastian Janikowski were both second-team All-Pro selections in 2011.

Reece is also heading to his second straight Pro Bowl. Imagine if the Raiders used Marcel Reece more, instead of keeping him as silent in the offense as Marcel Marceau.

Following is my All-Pro ballot:

OFFENSE:

WR (2) -- Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon, Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson

TE (1) -- New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham

T (2) -- San Francisco 49ers Joe Staley, Denver Broncos Orlando Franklin

G (2) -- Green Bay Packers' Josh Sitton, New Orleans Saints' Jahri Evans,

C (1) -- Carolina Panthers' Ryan Kalil

QB (1) -- Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning

RBs (2) -- Kansas City Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, Philadelphia Eagles' LeSean McCoy

FBs (1) -- Oakland Raiders' Marcel Reece

Place Kicker (1) -- Denver Broncos' Matt Prater

Kick Returner (1) -- Denver Broncos' Trindon Holliday

DEFENSE:

DE (2) -- St. Louis Rams' Robert Quinn, Houston Texans' J.J. Watt

DT (2) -- Tennessee Titans' Jurrell Casey, San Francisco 49ers Justin Smith

OLB (2) -- Indianapolis Colts' Robert Mathis, Kansas City Chiefs Tamba Hali

ILB (2) -- Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly, San Francisco 49ers NaVorro Bowman

CB (2) -- Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson

S (2) -- Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs' Eric Berry

Punter (1) – Miami Dolphins' Brandon Fields