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Oren O'Neal Impresses Raiders with Recovery, Prompting Lorenzo Neal's Release

Ramone BrownSenior Writer IAugust 20, 2009

The Raiders must be happy with fullback Oren O'Neal's knee recovery, because the team just released veteran fullback Lorenzo Neal.

With little need for two blocking fullbacks, one of them became expendable, and the coaching staff decided it was the aging vet.

So, what does this mean for the Raiders?

First, the obvious: O'Neal is ready to go and is now the starting fullback.

Next, it means the competition for that backup role between Marcel Reece, Gary Russell, and Luke Lawton just got a bit more exciting. All three of the players competing for the spot can also be considered receiving fullbacks whose skills complement O'Neal's well.

The Raiders made this move in order to sign safety and former Raider Rashad Baker, likely either because of Al Davis' love for speedy defensive backs or because the team is not happy with the position.

At FB I am hoping for HB/WR turned FB Marcel Reece. If you don't know why, check out his highlight reel.

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