Dan Koppen and Dan Connolly will compete for Patriots’ starting center job

Dan Koppen had been the Patriots’ starting center for years, but an ankle injury ended his 2011 season week 1. He resigned with the Patriots and is calling himself 100%, but the Boston Globe says it’s currently Connolly’s job to lose. Connolly is a pretty mediocre player ranking 27th out of 35 eligible centers on ProFootballFocus last year, but Koppen is 33 in September and coming off of a major injury. The two will duke it out in Training Camp and the victor will probably be the weak link on a talented offensive line that returns 3 other starters and inserts 2011 1st round pick Nate Solder in the lineup for the retired Matt Light.

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