Reece ready to be a focal point of offense

November 5, 2012, 3:40 am
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OAKLAND -- Those of you beating the drum for Marcel Reece, the Raiders' dynamic fullback, to become a much larger part of Oakland's offense are about to see your wish fulfilled.Especially if Darren McFadden and his reported left high ankle sprain are out for any length of time.In fact, even if McFadden does play next week at Baltimore, Reece showed his wares as a playmaker in the Raiders' furious if ultimately futile comeback against Tampa Bay in the 42-32 defeat on Sunday. That backup running back Mike Goodson also left the game with a right ankle injury early in the fourth quarter simply meant more opportunities for Reece.And really, what's been the holdup, and how does Reece stay focused for the time when his number is called? Besides, he did not have a single touch last week in the Raiders' 26-16 defeat of Kansas City."Always ready," Reece said. "Stay ready so you don't have to get ready. When the opportunity comes, you've got seize the moment. That is what it is all about."Reece lined up at tailback in the fourth quarter, but his lone carry, for no gain, was wiped out by a holding penalty on Mike Brisiel.Otherwise, Reece was targeted nine times and caught a career-high eight passes for a career-best 95 yards against the Buccaneers.In the fourth quarter alone, Reece was targeted five times and caught four passes for 48 yards, including his 13-yard touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone in which he showed off his pass catching skills. Reece, you remember, was a wide receiver in college at Washington."It doesn't matter," when the ball comes, Reece said. "I'm just trying to go out there and make plays. When my number gets called, I try and help the team win any way possible. It doesn't matter when it is."It comes when it comes. I don't focus on that stuff."Maybe, but the Raiders' offense perhaps is about to start focusing on him.