December 4, 2022

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Center Battle

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The Man In The Middle.

With an offensive line that had a few issues last season, we should see some of the best training camp battles take place between these positions, so let’s start in the middle.

Ryan Jensen: The spot is his to lose, as he started all 16 games for the Buccaneers last season as well as all 16 games for the Ravens the previous year. While he led the team in penalties last season, he wasn’t the most penalized lineman in the league, and he has something he can work on to help secure his spot as the starting center heading into the season.

Josh LeRibeus: Having been around the league for several years now, LeRibeus has learned what it takes to be a quality backup, which may play into his favor as it will prove extremely difficult to take the starting spot from Jensen. He played in six games for the Saints last year and started in 3 of those while keeping his penalties to only two through all six games. Having experience with a divisional rival and knowing how to keep penalties to a minimum are two things that will serve as an advantage when trying to secure the backup role. Luckily for him, he can also play the tackle and guard positions.

Nate Trewyn: A rookie out of Wisconsin-WhiteWater, Trewyn found himself named the best center in Division III, but he will also find himself struggling to make the roster this year. He doesn’t come in with the experience of Jensen or LeRibeus, and playing in Division III his competition wasn’t on par with what he’ll see in the NFL.