Is Jason Kelce of the Eagles, after just one season, the best center in the NFC East? (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
It's the beginning of July and training camp is three weeks away. Let's try picking a preseason All-NFC East Team. I will go position-by-position, covering one each day. There will be a poll attached to each post for you guys to vote on your choice for best NFC East player at that position entering the season.
I know some of you are going to blindly vote for every member of the New York Giants that I put on the list. I am, however, asking you not to do that. Look at the choices, look at the facts and try to decide -- honestly -- which player or players should be considered the best.
Today, we start with the center position.
David Baas, New York Giants -- Baas was the Giants big free-agent signing prior to last season and did not live up to expectations. Injuries and lack of training camp due to the NFL Lockout contributed to his not having a great season, compiling rating of -8.9 from Pro Football Focus. Baas and the Giants expect better work from him this season.
Phil Costa, Dallas Cowboys -- The Cowboys let Pro bowler Andre Gurode go last season and a series of other circumstances led to Costa unexpectedly getting the job. Now, he gets to keep it. His PFF rating last season was -9.7.
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles -- Started as a rookie for the Eagles last season after being drafted in the sixth round. Was the first rookie in franchise history to start all 16 games at center. His PFF rating was an unspectacular -14.6.
Will Montgomery, Washington Redskins -- Split his time between center and guard for the Redskins a season ago, the first time he had played the center position. Ended the season with a +3.4 rating from PFF, the best of any center in the division.
Who should be the starting center on the Big Blue View preseason All-NFC East Team?
David Baas, Giants (297 votes)
Will Montgomery, Redskins (131 votes)
Phil Costa, Cowboys (42 votes)
Jason Kelce, Eagles (153 votes)
623 total votes