Owen Marecic, the only pure fullback on the Cleveland Browns roster, is in jeopardy of losing his spot on the team’s roster, reports the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich.
Marecic, 24, was drafted in the fourth round in 2011 as a fullback/linebacker hybrid out of Stanford. He joined the franchise as a highly regarded and very versatile player with great work ethic.
During the 2012 season, Marecic eventually was demoted to the inactive roster as he struggled with blocking for running back Trent Richardson and dropped all four of his passing targets. Alex Smith, a natural tight end, eventually took over his spot and then left the team in free agency this offseason. Marecic played in 10 games with two starts.
Ulrich’s depth chart listed journeyman running back Chris Ogbonnaya and natural H-back Brad Smelley as contenders at the fullback position. It’s one of the weakest spots on the Browns roster, but Marecic has not yet done enough to lock down a starting position. This will be a huge training camp for his future status as a Brown.
Lawrence Vickers was voted by WFNY readers as the most successful fullback in the team’s revised history back in February 2012. Marecic, then after just one season, received a few votes as well. Vickers was not retained by the team that offseason and the 30-year-old was recently released by the Dallas Cowboys.
Also on the NFL landscape, one of the league’s other premier fullbacks, Vonta Leach, recently was cut by the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns had reached out to the 31-year-old initially, but were never that interested in signing him, Ulrich reported previously. There is a possibility he returns to Baltimore, while Miami, Houston and the Giants remain in the mix.
[Related: NFL News: Three Browns rookies remain unsigned entering camp]