SANTA CLARA – Here’s what Owen Marecic said at his locker Tuesday afternoon.
Q: What have you been doing the past few weeks?
MARECIC: I’ve been training up in Portland.
Q: How does it feel to be here?
MARECIC: It feels good, an opportunity. I’m looking forward to finding a way to contribute.
Q: What did Jim Harbaugh say to you?
MARECIC: Nothing too specific. I’ll work every day to do whatever the team asks me to do, fill whatever role.
Q: Offense? Defense? Special team?
MARECIC: I’ll be on offense backing up the fullback and I’m looking to contribute on special teams, too.
Q: What are your thoughts on joining this backfield?
MARECIC: It’s a great backfield, awesome opportunity. I’ll do everything I can do try to improve it.
Q: Do you and Bruce Miller play the same position on special teams?
MARECIC: I don’t know. I don’t think so, but I don’t know.
Q: Is this a team you’ve been watching since you left Stanford?
MARECIC: I’ve been pretty busy with being on Cleveland the last couple of years. I’ve had my hands full trying to get everything covered out there.
Q: There are few Cleveland guys in this locker room now. Is it nice?
MARECIC: It’s nice. Lots of familiar faces.
Q: Harbaugh said on draft day that he really wanted you. Were you crushed that they passed on you?
MARECIC: Cleveland gave me a great opportunity. I think the guys here have done a heck of a job. There’s a lot of talent. It’s very humbling to see the success that the team and the coaches have had around here. I’m going to try to learn from those guys to improve my game, get my game where it needs to be. Those guys, the running back group specifically, are very talented football players.
Q: Have you already sat in on a meeting? Did you go over the Seattle film?
MARECIC: We watched it as a team.
Q: So right away you got thrown into a not-happy environment?
MARECIC: It was a tough game but I think the team, we can learn a lot from it and move on to Indy.
Q: How much of the playbook do you recognize from Stanford?
MARECIC: There are familiarities but I have some work to do to really perfect everything from a mental standpoint and then I have to take it out to the field, so a ways to go.
Q: You worked out here a few weeks ago?
MARECIC: I believe so.
Q: Did you work out for any other teams?
Q: What are your thoughts on being in a backfield with Frank Gore?
MARECIC: He’s a great running back. Bruce is a great fullback, too. I’m excited to have the opportunity to learn from those guys.
Q: Any of the defensive guys pick your brain about Andrew Luck yet?
MARECIC: No, not yet.