Joe Thuney’s switch to center went smoothly

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If there’s a hallmark of the last 20 years for the Patriots, it’s their adaptability.

So when their franchise-tagged left guard Joe Thuney needed to slide inside to play center last week, of course there was no problem.

With starting center David Andrews out after hand surgery last week, Thuney took over in the middle of the line, with no apparent hiccups.

We didn’t have no issues, so it was great,” Patriots quarterback Cam Newton said, via Nick Goss of NBCSportsBoston.com. “Smokin’ Joe is a person who is very reliable on this offensive line. The moment wasn’t too big for him to step right in to fill the shoes of [Andrews]. So I was just excited that, to have anybody be replacing somebody, you’ll want that transaction to be what it was.”

When you’re paying a lineman $14.78 million, the expectations are high to begin with, but Thuney has impressed teammates that way for years.

“Thuney is just showing everyone why he’s one of our most dependable players,” wide receiver Julian Edelman, who has played with him since 2016, said. “To be able to go in and play center and switch it up and show his versatility and contribute in a huge way, that’s Joe Thuney. I mean, knock on wood, but the guy’s done it since he came in.”

The operation was smooth, with the Patriots running for a season-high 250 yards against the Raiders.

10 responses to “Joe Thuney’s switch to center went smoothly

  1. If, knock on wood, Thuney remains healthy this season, someone is probably going to give him a top five Offensive Lineman contract as a free agent in the off-season. The Pats will have lots of cap room so maybe it will be the Pats, but I think that will be too much for the Pats. The guy can play every offensive line position and play it well, if not hall-of-fame well. Still, that kind of versatility for a high character very good player will get him paid.

  2. Pats’ Olineman have always been swiss army knives. Recall they took a D1 national champ wrestler and made him a servicable backup Olineman. They got a steal in Marcus Cannon, drafting him after a lymphoma diagnosis, eventually getting him on the field a few years later as a top tackle. Nate Solder was considered ‘a project’ by many “experts” when he was drafted. He ended up starting as a rookie and was solid for years. In one stretch a few years ago they had a center playing right tackle (Stork) in an emergency. And they continued to win.

  3. He is a great person, a great teammate, and a top 5 o-lineman in the leaque.

    He will take a home town discount with a semi-long term deal with 60% guaranteed.

    5 years at $12 million with something like $40 million guaranteed.

  4. Stephan Neal
    Dan Connolly
    nate Solder
    Matt light
    big wood Damian Woody
    Joe Thuney
    Marcus cannon
    Shaq Mason
    Dan koppen

    find this type of continuity throughtout the league

  5. Good problem to have. When Andrews comes back someone has to go back to being a rotational player. Probably@RT. Then the RB from Alabama gets in the mix. Should be fun. Still need to trade for a WR. Liking the JLandry idea

  6. Reminder: Thuney was the real return in the chandler Jones trade (drafted with the Cardinals pick). That and about $15M a year in cap space.

    But, you know, Belichick can’t draft according to the haters.

  7. One of Belichick’s great picks that was panned by Mel Kiper and others was Sebastian Vollmer, who started 80 games for the Patriots at right tackle and won two super bowls.

    He was picked with the 58th pick in the draft despite not being invited to the combine.

    Michael Onwenu looks to be a steal as the 186th player taken in this year’s draft. He played 100% of the snaps at left guard on Sunday.

  8. gronkhof says:
    September 29, 2020 at 8:48 am
    Pats’ Olineman have always been swiss army knives. Recall they took a D1 national champ wrestler and made him a servicable backup Olineman. They got a steal in Marcus Cannon, drafting him after a lymphoma diagnosis, eventually getting him on the field a few years later as a top tackle. Nate Solder was considered ‘a project’ by many “experts” when he was drafted. He ended up starting as a rookie and was solid for years. In one stretch a few years ago they had a center playing right tackle (Stork) in an emergency. And they continued to win. Stephen neal was more then serviceable hes one of my all time fav pats.

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