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Ravens Coach John Harbaugh Says Gino Gradkowski Is 'Our Center'
Gino Gradkowski remains positioned to succeed Matt Birk as the Ravens' new starting center, a status reiterated by coach John Harbaugh.
Harbaugh was asked if the Ravens needed to upgrade the position after the retirement of Birk, a six-time Pro Bowl selection.
“We’re always going to try to be as good as we can be at every position, obviously," Harbaugh said. "Gino did a nice job last year. He played really well in the Bengals game, which we felt like that was a big test for him. We had an opportunity to see him against a really good defensive line, and he held up. He’s a little more physical and stout than he may look, and he’s got great feet.
"He’s a smart guy and it matters to him. He’s our center. He’s at the pole position right now. He’s got probably the edge there, but if we bring in somebody to compete with him, if it works out that way, that’d be great.”
The Ravens drafted Gradkowski, the younger brother of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, out of Delaware last year in the fourth round with the 98th overall pick.
Gradkowski spent his rookie season soaking up knowledge from Birk: learning how to snap the football precisely to quarterback Joe Flacco, how to diagnose defenses' blitz and stunt packages to make line calls, and acquiring the work habits of a professional offensive lineman.
Source: Baltimore Sun
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