Why the Oakland Raiders Should Increase Jamize Olawale’s Workload

The Oakland Raiders coaching staff set the transition from Marcel Reece to Jamize Olawale in motion.

Based on a report from ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave drew comparisons between Reece and Olawale, which explains the recent shift in ball-carrier duties.

Olawale presents the same skill set as Reece as a downhill rusher with soft hands as a receiver. To Raider Nation's dismay, the three-time Pro Bowl fullback will likely take a backseat to a younger version of himself.


More Olawale, Less Reece in the Backfield

Every week, questions flood Raiders media circles expressing interest in Reece as a solid No. 2 running back. Clearly, the coaching staff has little interest in handing off to the 30-year-old fullback at this stage in his career. The last time Reece handled a carry out of the backfield, the Detroit Lions stuffed him at the goal line.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Contrary to popular belief, Reece isn’t accustomed to pounding the rock past the goal line in short-yardage situations, per Associated Press writer Josh Dubow.

Typically, Reece has been utilized more as a receiver than a ball-carrier.

The decision to use him as a modified tight end suits his skill set, but the Raiders must do a better job of integrating his capabilities into the passing offense. 

As for Olawale, he’s the best option in the backfield behind starting running back Latavius Murray. 

The 26-year-old is a power rusher with the ability to break tackles and move the pile.

Olawale also shows reliable ball security, unlike Taiwan Jones, who’s susceptible to strip tackles. The young fullback doesn’t provide spry lateral ability, but he’s helped put the Raiders in manageable situations on second and third downs.


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