New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady probably wasn’t thrilled having to play behind a backup center during their Week 11 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.
The center is arguably the second-most important player on an offense. He has to make the calls on the offensive line to make sure the skill players have room to work and secure the first part of every play with the snap.
Centers have to be in sync with their quarterback, and Brady had never taken an in-game snap from second-year center Teddy Karras prior to the Raiders game, but the young man played well in a 33-8 victory.
“Ted did a great job,” Brady said, via The Boston Globe’s Jim McBride. “I was really impressed with how he handled himself — the composure, which you’re always looking for in a center. You always want the center to feel like, ‘All right, we’ve got things under control’ … that was really a great thing last week.”
Patriots starting center David Andrews had to miss the game against the Raiders because of illness. He still is dealing with that illness and will not play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The Patriots continue to plug in new players at almost every position without missing a beat.