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PUT YOUR NAME ON IT: Which Texans Player Will Start At Center In 2015?

See who Bill O'Brien says can play center for your 2015 Houston Texans after losing veteran Chris Myers.

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Chris Myers anchored Houston's offensive line for seven years and was a strong leader on the offense throughout his time with the Texans.  He struggled in several games in 2014 and was one of the first players to be released in March.  There was brief speculation that the Texans might bring in a free agent to fill the void, but it looks ever more likely that one of three players on the current roster will step up and take over this key role for the offense.

The Mothership shared the following article on the subject:

The Texans will consider their options at center for the 2015 season, following the departure of seven-year starter, Chris Myers. Head coach Bill O’Brien has several players on his roster in mind that he discussed on a town hall conference call with season ticket holders last week.

"Right now, there’s Ben Jones who has basically been out there during our coaching sessions during Phase 1 and Phase 2 and he’s done a good job," O'Brien said. "He’s smart, tough, loves football, good guy, and good teammate so he’s been out there. We’ve also worked ‘Brick’ (that’s his nickname) James Ferentz. He’s a brick; he’s a tough dude, coach’s kid, loves football."

Now entering his fourth NFL season, Jones may be the most likely option after starting all 16 games at left guard last year. He also served as the backup center and knew the calls necessary if he was ever needed to make the shift during a game.

O’Brien hasn’t named the Texans 2015 starter yet, but he did mention another name as a possible candidate. Second-year offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo, a savvy, young player, spent most of his rookie season learning both left and right guard positions.

"Xavier Su’a-Filo can play center now," O'Brien said. "He’s concentrating on left guard but he’s a guy we’ve worked in at center and he’s done a nice job. He’s had a good offseason so those are some guys that have played there."

The Texans begin OTAs on Tuesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.

Houston also signed an undrafted rookie center named Greg Mancz, but it is likely that he is there for depth and development, and perhaps just through training camp.  You never know, though, as nothing is certain in the NFL.

Who do you think will be starting at center for your Houston Texans this season?  Vote and share your thoughts with other fans.