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Raiders Reward Fullback Marcel Reece with Contract Extension

National Football League(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- Even though fullbacks are utilized less in the NFL today, the Oakland Raiders lean heavily on theirs, which is why they've rewarded Marcel Reece with a three-year extension.

Reece was a Pro Bowler last season in his third NFL season. He started out as an undrafted wide receiver who was on the team's practice squad in 2008 and 2009.

In 2010 he became the team's full-time fullback, and has been a staple on the team since.

"It's a big step, another big step to being a Raider for life," Reece said. "Just looking forward to the next few years of continuing to be a part of Raider nation."

When Darren McFadden went down with an injury last season, Reece stepped in and became a very productive offensive player. In 2012, Reece rushed for 271 yards and also had 52 catches for 49 yards.

Reece is the third member of the Raiders to get a contract extension in the past two months. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski and long-snapper Jon Condo also signed extensions.

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