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All-time Bill Belichick Patriots team: Center

Ryan Hannable
July 06, 2018 - 11:19 am

Leading up to Patriots training camp at the end of July we’re unveiling our all-time Bill Belichick Patriots team with a new position coming out almost every day. Today, it’s center. Click here for the complete series so far.

Dan Koppen

Koppen spent almost his entire career with the Patriots, as following being drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2003 draft, he stayed in New England until he was released prior to the 2012 season and then signed with the Broncos. The Boston College product played two seasons in Denver before calling it a career. It's worth noting he missed almost all of 2011 with a fractured ankle suffered in Week 1.

The center played right away in the 2003 season as due to injuries on the offensive line, center Damien Woody shifted to guard and Koppen took over at center. Following winning Super Bowl XXXVIII, Woody signed with the Lions as a free agent opening the door for Koppen to be the Patriots' center going forward. His best season may have come in 2007 when he didn't allow a sack in the 15 games he played and was named to the Pro Bowl.

Although he only made the Pro Bowl once, he was one of the most dependable linemen Belichick has ever coached, winning two Super Bowls.

"Seeing the front seven, even sometimes the secondary rotation on a particular play . . . he does that very well and is on the same page with our quarterback," Belichick said in 2007. "He's really good at that, probably as good as anybody I've ever coached."

Honorable mention: David Andrews

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