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Positional Analysis: Offensive Center

Lyle Sendlein suffered a shoulder injury early in 2008 that plagued him throughout the year. He's looking to rebound and progress in his second year as a starter. The Cardinals signed well-traveled centers Donovan Raiola and Ben Claxton this offseason to compete for the backup role. Will Raiola and Claxton have what it takes to throw off Sendlein? Andy Bishop evaluates the vital center position.

Lyle Sendlein will shoulder the burden of leading the Cardinals offensive line unit. A center not only has to groom paths for running backs and protect his quarterback, he must also communicate and keep the O-Line intact. Sendlein did a respectable job of accomplishing this task during the 2008 season. Sendlein is clearly not the most physically gifted...

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