We continue to look at the best NFC East players at each position. Today, we rank the division's four starting centers. Honestly, it's not the prettiest list we've done this month.
1. Will Montgomery, Washington Redskins: Montgomery struggled last year when he had to sub in and play guard, but he was the only half-decent center in the division. The 29-year-old is a very good run-blocker, which is why the 'Skins decided to keep him around with a four-year extension earlier in the offseason.
2. David Baas, New York Giants: Baas was really solid in 2010 in San Francisco, which is why he earned a five-year, $27.5 million deal to replace Shaun O'Hara in New York. But he struggled along with everyone else on the line last season and was rated 29th out of 35 qualifying centers by Pro Football Focus. Injuries were also a factor, and Baas is now 30, so I really don't know what to expect from the dude in 2012.
Will Jason Kelce emerge as the division's best center in 2012?
3. Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles: Despite the fact that Kelce graded out terribly by PFF as a rookie, I considered putting him in the top spot based solely on the fact that he's already emerged as a young leader on offense and will be adding responsibilities by making line calls this season. Watch for him to take a big step forward as a sophomore.
4. Phil Costa, Dallas Cowboys: It isn't written in pen that Costa will start for the Cowboys after struggling in his first full season at center last year. A lot of people are disappointed that Dallas didn't bring in some stronger candidates to battle for the job. Right now, it's just Costa, Kevin Kowalski and maybe the injured Mackenzy Bernadeau (and maybe Bill Nagy). Regardless, this is an area of concern for the Cowboys.
It's interesting: This might be the only position on the field where the NFC East doesn't have a single above-average player. You can get by without a great center, but these guys are all far from great.