Cleveland Browns fullback Owen Marecic talked with Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal recently. The fullback situation has been a "wild" one when it comes to fan reaction due to the team choosing not to retain veteran Lawrence Vickers after the lockout ended. Some fans have gone to extreme lengths to express their disappointment of the team not keeping Vickers, and Marecic is aware of the shoes that were left for him to fill:
"I know he’s a great player, to say the least," Marecic said. "I’m trying to find my way to contribute in my own way, but I know he’s a great player. He’s a great fullback. It takes one play watching film, really, to see what he can do. From what [running backs] Peyton [Hillis] and Montario [Hardesty] have said talking in the meeting rooms and things like that, they think the best about him."
Even though Vickers was well-liked in Cleveland, he has not seen much, if any, playing time with the Texans. They decided to keep James Casey as their starting fullback. Strangely enough, Casey is getting the start because of his versatility as a blocker and a receiver (sounds familiar...). Casey already has 8 catches for 155 yards with the Texans this season. Marecic has 2 carries for 4 yards and 3 receptions for 18 yards. Marecic also has 2 special teams tackles and an assist.