The Dolphins obsess over versatility, and that’s especially true on the offensive line. So while it was a high priority for them to sign at least one starting guard this offseason, it was equally important that they find one who could fit at center as well.
Ted Larsen can do that just fine.
Larsen played right guard for Chicago last year, but also filled in at times at center. He started two games there in the preseason and jumped in occasionally throughout the year. Of his 65 career starts, 10 have been at center.
“My most comfortable position is the position that I’m able to play,” Larsen said this afternoon. “It makes no difference to me.”
Miami center Mike Pouncey is on track to be ready for training camp, but there is no guarantee he’ll stay healthy. He’s had four hip surgeries, and his absence created a big problem for the Dolphins last year.
Miami tried Anthony Steen at center for most of the season, but he lost his job to Kraig Urbik after Week 14. Steen was rated the No. 34 center by Pro Football Focus last year and Urbik was one spot behind him.
“I’m fairly versatile,” Larsen said. “I can play right guard, left guard, center – whatever the team needs. I can play at a high level, a starter-quality level. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses in pass blocking and run blocking. I’m a tough, smart, athletic player.
“I’m just here to help the team. Wherever they want to put me, they put me. I can play left guard, right guard or center at a quality level. I’m just excited to learn the system and compete.”
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