It was less than a week ago that news came out of the Tennessee Titans’ camp that incumbent center Eugene Amano tore his triceps and would be done for the season. Although Amano faced more criticism than any player on the team for his play, no one wanted to see that happen to him, but fret not Titans fans, Fernando Velasco may be our knight in shining armor.
Although it’s not set in stone he will be the starting center this year, the fact that the Titans haven’t made any major moves to fill Amano’s roster spot leads me to believe that they’ll try and go with who they have on the roster. Velasco was picked up by the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2008 out of the University of Georgia where he was a 2nd team All SEC guard in 2007.
Velasco has only started three games for the Titans, all being in 2010, but the best thing I like about him is that when he did start you didn’t hear his name. That’s important for offensive lineman, let them work and if you don’t notice them then most of the time they did a pretty good job.
At 6’4 and 312 and being a former OG, Velasco should be quick enough to play center. The fact that he’s come so far in four years should only motivate him more. I think he’ll have plenty of quickness and foot speed to play center full-time, but I don’t think any of us will know until we see him do it full-time.
With the youngster stepping in to the starting position now, let’s hope we’ve found a gem. If not, it’s not like it can really get much worse….can it?
What say you?
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