In her weekly Sunday question and answer column, The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot addressed among other things the team’s fullback and kicker roster spots, which along with the reserve running back positions, remain the most up in the air in training camp and into the preseason.
Hey, Mary Kay: What are the chances the Browns keep a FB? And what are the chances the Browns keep two kickers? — Nathanael Ressler, Mount Vernon, Ill.
Hey, Nathanael: I think former fourth-round pick Owen Marecic is on the bubble, but Chris Ogbonnaya can play fullback if needed. The Browns also recently signed fourth-year fullback Brock Bolen for a look. They’ll keep their eyes on the waiver wire. I don’t think they’ll keep two kickers. If veteran Shayne Graham and rookie Brandon Bogotay are even, I think you have to go with the rookie so he can grow with the team.
Ogbonnaya has been a great pass-catching option out of the backfield for the Browns in the past, catching 24 passes last season for 187 yards while only carrying the ball eight times. Meanwhile Marecic has certainly struggled in that department with drops. In the kicker battle, it probably all comes down to how Bogotay performs as Graham is a known commodity from his time around the league but also a short-term solution.
Kirk Lammers grew up on the Marblehead Peninsula and is a graduate of THE Ohio State University. He now lives in Northeast Ohio, and you can find him at the ballpark, at the Q, or far too often on Twitter (@WFNYKirk)."