By Warren McCarty | National Football Post
Former NFL Veteran and Iowa standout Matt Bowen told me this week that the ultimate compliment any football player can receive from a fellow player or coach is to be called “tough”. I find that to be concrete truth. In my opinion, one of the next best things a player can be labeled as is “versatile”.
Although he’s not a household name just yet, Oakland’s Jack-Of-All-Trades Marcel Reece is on track to catch the label of “tough” and “versatile” from teammates, opponents, and coaches throughout the NFL. He made the Pro Bowl last season, and yet many fans across the country have never heard of him. He wears many hats for the Raiders, and for the second straight week he’ll be in the role of starting Running back against the New Orleans Saints.
He’s already being compared to guys like Keith Byars and Larry Centers for his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, carry it with effectiveness, and to be a solid pass protector as well. Centers played 14 seasons in the NFL, and had over 1,400 carries and catches as a Fullback and Runningback. He was also a perennial Pro Bowler due to his versatility. Byars played 13 seasons in the NFL, and had over 1,400 carries and catches as a Fullback and Tightend. He also threw 6 touchdown passes in his career.
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