New England Patriots’ Ted Karras Ready to Play Any Role to ‘Survive’ in the NFL

Published 03/23/2021, 3:50 PM EDT


The NFL is all about adapting to change. Fall behind and you’ll probably lose your chance forever. It was this simple philosophy that prompted New England Patriots’ offensive guard Ted Karras to shift to center to prolong his stint in the league.

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Drafted by the franchise back in 2016, Karras joined the Miami Dolphins in 2020 as their starting center. A year since and Karras is back with the Patriots.

And while many expected him to take over the starting center role for his franchise in 2021, it looks like he’ll have to be content with playing back up to David Andrews.

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Andrews, who has been the starting center for the New England Patriots for the past couple of years was set to leave the franchise ahead of the 2021 season.

But as things turned out, Andrews signed a contract extension with the side which ought to see him as the starter going ahead.

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Talking about signing with the New England Patriots once again, Karras said he’s going to fight to contribute to the team.

“Nothing is ever promised in this organization,” Karras said.

“I got the opportunity with the contract and I’m going to have to earn any role I get. I’m not going to be slated in anywhere. I’m going to have to fight to contribute on this team,” he added.

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While talking about his reaction to Andrews resigning with the team, the OG turned center said his “friend” deserves everything he has earned so far.

“I’m so happy for David. Great football player, great friend, deserves everything. He’s earned everything in this league. I’m really excited to play with him and play next to him. Work towards winning as many games as we can.”

A dynamic player, Karras said he’d be ready to line up anywhere where his team needed him on the O-line.

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“I’m comfortable with anything. I’ll play any position to survive in this league if they’ll give me a job,” Karras said. “I’m ready to play whatever and working hard to be a contributor on this team.” 

With the Patriots now having two starting-caliber centers, who do you think should start for next season?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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