Ravens: Why Bradley Bozeman will find success at center

Ravens, Bradley Bozeman (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
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Since drafting Bradley Bozeman in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens have primarily played the former Alabama standout at guard.

But in 2021, Bozeman will be switching back to his natural position at center which bodes well for both him and Lamar Jackson.

Every Ravens fan could tell you that the team had issues with the center position during the 2020 season. Numerous times, snaps were botched by both Matt Skura and Patrick Mekari.

Skura has since signed with the Miami Dolphins and Mekari is still on the roster, but is projected to be a backup. Unless something drastic changes with the Ravens roster, Bozeman will be the starting center which is a great thing for the offensive line.

Bradley Bozeman should excel at center with the Ravens

Center is Bozeman’s natural position as that’s what he primarily played coming out of the University of Alabama. For the Crimson Tide, Bozeman started in 44 total games.

It’s great to be flexible and to be able to play multiple positions in the NFL, but being an NFL-caliber center is very different from being a guard.

Bozeman is going to improve the Ravens’ offensive line play immediately. The more time that Lamar Jackson has in the pocket, the better he will be when it comes to making decisions in the passing game.

The Ravens’ offense can’t have any question marks on the line, especially when it comes to snapping the ball to Jackson. With Bozeman at center, we (hopefully) won’t have to worry about bad snaps that ruin drives, cause turnovers, or stall drives.

It likely would’ve been more beneficial to keep Bozeman at his natural position coming out of college. If he had started at center during the 2018 season, Bozeman might already be a Pro Bowl-caliber player.

I’m already excited to see how this Baltimore Ravens offense is in 2021, but I’ll be even more intrigued by the play at the center position with Bozeman snapping the ball to Jackson.

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The offense is going to be fun to watch with the team’s new players at wide receiver and another year with Jackson at quarterback. And Bozeman should provide a much-needed boost to the offensive line.