Fullback is a position, similar to many spots along the offensive line, where a player can be very good at what he does and still not become a household name.

Many Browns fans already know Owen Marecic’s name but not for the right reasons.

After the Browns took Marecic — touted as intelligent, versatile and hard-nosed — in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, he never evolved into the kind of blocker the team had hoped for last season with Trent Richardson running behind him. He then struggled in the passing game as well. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Marecic was thrown at four times last season and dropped all four passes. That all led to his demotion to the inactive list while tight end Alex Smith converted to be the working fullback in Pat Shurmur’s offense.

Now with a new playbook, a new staff and most importantly, a new opportunity, Marecic’s eager to redeem himself for a poor showing in 2012.

“It was definitely tough,” he said Thursday after an organized team activity practice. “I think just as anything in life, you have a little adversity and you just have to fight through it and make a positive out of it. It’s definitely not where I wanted to be and as a player, a teammate, it motivated me this year to come out and give it everything.”

What Marecic learned during his frustrating 2012 season, his second in the league, was that urgency in the NFL is a must.

“Big-time urgency,” he said. “That’s probably the biggest thing with going through it all, being inactive a couple of times last year. Coming back this offseason, the sense of urgency is at its highest point. I’ve gotta make the most of every opportunity I have. That’s the only way I’ll get more opportunities.”