Completing his conversion from tight end, the Cleveland Browns have listed Alex Smith as their starting fullback on Wednesday's official depth chart, according to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland. He's overtaken former starter Owen Marecic at the position.
Smith, an eight-year veteran playing for his third franchise, has spent essentially his entire career as a tight end, but the Browns have slowly eased him into playing fullback. Standing 6'4, 258 pounds, Smith certainly has the size to be a weapon out of the backfield.
Compared to Marecic, Smith should also provide an upgrade in receiving ability from the position, as well. In Marecic's first 21 games with the Browns, he caught five passes for 31 yards. Smith had the advantage of playing tight end, but he's caught 152 passes for 1,444 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career.
On Sunday, the Browns are hosting the Baltimore Ravens as they look for their third victory in four games. At this point, it appears that Smith will make his first ever start at fullback during that game.