Friday, March 28, 2014

Wendell re-signs, has chance to keep starting job


Ryan Wendell wasn't great for the New England Patriots in 2013. Though he was good enough to earn a tryout for an encore.

The veteran center reportedly re-signed with the Patriots to a two-year deal Friday, so he'll be in the mix for a starting gig among the interior of an offensive line that was shaky at times in both the pass- and run-blocking departments a season ago.

Wendell took Dan Koppen's job in the 2012 offseason and has held his current post since.

The 28-year-old received mostly poor pass-protection grades from Pro Football Focus in 2013, giving up 24 quarterback hurries, eight QB hits and six sacks in 18 total games.

New England is expected to target center, or at least a general interior offensive lineman, early in the upcoming draft. Wendell will likely be in a full-fledged competition with said player this coming training camp in order to keep his job.

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