Reece ready to be a focal point of offense


Reece ready to be a focal point of offense

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.

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”