Cleveland Browns 2011 Predictions
Preseason Game 2: Cleveland Browns vs Detroit Lions
For this preseason game, it will arguably be the toughest test for the Browns offensive line.
As we know, the Lions have both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley at defensive tackle.
Well, centers Alex Mack and back-up Steve Vallos, guards Eric Steinbach and Shawn Lauvao, along with John Greco have their hands full.
This could be a prequel to how effectively Cleveland manages to run the ball with Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jackson.
Not to mention there's fullback Owen Marecic, and TE Evan Moore as additional run blockers.
In an article by Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Marecic has been completely focus:
"So far, Marecic’s “day-by-day, play-by-play” mantra has served him well. He has been playing fullback with the first-team offense since the Browns opened camp."
Even head coach Pat Shurmur is impressed:
"He has done a very good job,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “It’s hard to find him making a mental mistake. … He has caught the ball well. When you watch the special teams drills, he does exactly what he is supposed to do. He is kind of one of those steady guys. I think that is an important attribute for a guy that’s a fullback.”
So, expect Marecic to be the opening day starter at FB, leading the way for Peyton Hillis.
In turn, this makes Hillis a very appealing fantasy football RB, as he awed the NFL with his unorthodox style of running.
Also, if Marecic and the o-line can buy Colt McCoy time in the pocket during this game, just think of how much Colt can grow during his sophomore campaign against teams without such a dominating d-line.
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