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Browns Roster Enough Room For Owen Marecic And Brad Smelley

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As the Browns prepare their 53-man roster, questions still loom at the fullback position.

It seems that last year's fourth-round pick, Owen Marecic, has secured the starting job. According to Dawgs by Nature's Chris Pokorny, Marecic has seen all of the reps with the first-team offense.

Brad Smelley Nike Felix Jones Jersey, a rookie from Alabama who was drafted in the seventh round, has seen reps with the second and third teams. Earlier in the preseason, fans speculated that Smelley would unseat Marecic at fullback Dan Bailey Jersey, though that seems unlikely now.

Still, the Browns might not cut Smelley Nike Dez Bryant Jersey, because of his versatility. According to head coach Pat Shurmur, the team could possibly keep both Marecic and Smelley, "because Smelley could be considered a tight end as well as a fullback."

Smelley's status on the final roster is up in the air, and it might depend on the injury status of certain defensive players.

For more on the Cleveland Browns Nike Aaron Rodgers Jersey, check out their SB Nation blog at Dawgs By Natureand SB Nation Cleveland. More news and analysis on the NFL as preseason begins can be found over at SB Nation's dedicated NFL hub.

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Redskins rookie to back up Redskins rookie

September, 9, 2012 Sep 9 11:56 AM ET By Dan Graziano | Recommend0 Tweet0 Comments0Email Print NEW ORLEANS -- The Washington Redskins have announced their inactive players for Sunday's season opener against the Saints, and the surprise on the list is quarterback Rex Grossman DeMarco Murray Jersey, who started 13 of their games last year and was brought back this year, ostensibly, to back up rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. With Grossman inactive, Griffin's backup quarterback for the game will be fellow rookie Kirk Cousins Jordy Nelson Jersey, who was a surprise fourth-round draft pick and played well in the preseason.

Your question, I believe, is this: If he's not even the No. 2 quarterback Nike Frank Walker Jersey, why is Grossman still on the team?

Fair question, and I think I can take a stab at the answer. Grossman knows the offense and ran it pretty well last year but for those 20 interceptions he somehow managed to throw in just 13 starts. A big part of the reason he's on the team is to help educate the rookies about the offense and how to run it. This is something he can do without being active for games, and so he's still able to fulfill what I believe is his primary responsibility.

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The rest of the Redskins' inactives: WR Dezmon Briscoe CB Crezdon Butler S Brandon Meriweather G Josh LeRibeus G Adam Gettis DT Chris Baker Recommend0 Tweet0 Comments0Email Print Dan GrazianoNFLArchive ESPN NFC East Blogger Joined ESPN in 2011 A New Jersey native and author of two published novels Related articles:

Rapid Reaction Packers 35, Bears 21

December, 25, 2011 12/25/11 11:32 PM ET By Kevin Seifert | Recommend0 Tweet0 Comments0Email Print GREEN BAY Sean Lee Jersey, Wis. -- Some thoughts on a rare blowout between NFC North rivals:

What it means: The Green Bay Packers improved to 14-1, setting a franchise record for victories in a season and clinching home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. They'll have a decision to make on how to approach Week 17, which will carry no playoff implications for them. Coach Mike McCarthy has previously indicated he wouldn't veer from his regular lineup in that situation Dwayne Harris Jersey, but we'll see. The injury-devastated Chicago Bears lost their fifth consecutive game and were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

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RodgersWatch: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the first five-touchdown game of his career Nike Sean Lee Jersey, throwing two apiece to receivers Jordy Nelson and James Jones and another to tight end Jermichael Finley. Rodgers completed his first eight passes and finished 21 of 29 for 283 yards. Along the way Nike A.J. Hawk Jersey, he broke Lynn Dickey's franchise record for passing yards in a season and now has 4,739. He also extended his team record for touchdown passes in a season; he's now at 45. Finally, Rodgers set a new NFL record by recording a 13th game with a passer rating of at least 100.0 in a single season. Sunday's rating was a cool 142.7.

McCownWatch: Bears quarterback Josh McCown performed much more credibly than I'm sure most people expected. I suppose some of you might be turned off by his dunk over the crossbar after taking in a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter. I thought it was fun. This is a guy that hadn't started a game since 2007 and began the fall coaching high school football. McCown never imagined he would be starting a game again on national television. Give him a break. The Bears smartly limited his opportunities with a steady diet of running plays in the first half and into the third quarter. Bears running back Kahlil Bell ran hard and had 121 yards on 23 carries, and overall the Bears rushed for 199 yards. But that sort of offense can't keep up with the opponents go on a scoring spree. That began midway through the third quarter, a 21-0 run that quashed the Bears' game plan.

Injury report: Packers running back James Starks again left with an ankle injury that looks like it's going to be a factor for a while. This has been going on for more than a month. The Bears lost right tackle Lance Louis to a illness in the first half and he returned only as part of a goal-line set thereafter. Frank Omiyale replaced him at right tackle.

What's next: The Packers will host the Detroit Lions next Sunday in a game that will have relevance only for the Lions, whose postseason seeding -- No. 5 or No. 6 -- has yet to be determined. The Bears will close out this disappointing season with a game at the Minnesota Vikings. Recommend0 Tweet0 Comments0Email Print Kevin Seifert | emailNFLArchive ESPN NFC North Blogger Joined ESPN in 2008 Covered the Minnesota Vikings for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for eight years Related articles:

Has Goodell provided enough discipline

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