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Los Angeles Chargers’ Corey Linsley Named NFL’s Top Center


The Chargers signed center Corey Linsley last offseason to a five-year, $62.5 million contract to bolster the inside of their offensive line with veteran leadership and a resume of high-end production.

In Linsley’s first yr with the team, he earned his Pro Bowl nod after accumulating 1,076 offensive snaps last season without allowing a sack, while making 16 starts.

Early on, the signing of Linsley looks to be a house run addition, and Pro Football Focus‘ latest rankings are likely to agree. PFF released its rankings for the highest centers within the NFL and Linsley is available in at the highest spot.

The rankings are categorized by 4 tiers. Linsley, consuming the highest spot, was placed within the “elite” tier.

“A whole lot of the concentrate on Los Angeles’ offensive line overhaul last offseason was placed on Rashawn Slater at left tackle, but he wasn’t the one All-Pro the Chargers added up front — Linsley’s second-team All-Pro nomination was well deserved and marks the second consecutive yr that he found his way onto the team,” PFF author Ben Linsey said about Linsley’s placement as the highest center.

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“Over the past two seasons, Linsley has graded within the seventy fifth percentile in every stable metric for centers while clearing the ninetieth percentile in most categories. His performance in L.A. played a task in Herbert’s second-year jump last season.”

Oct 31, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; A general overall view of the line of scrimmage as Los Angeles Chargers center Corey Linsley (63) snaps the ball against the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Chargers 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

PFF’s metrics on Linsley’s percentile rankings since 2020

  • Pass-blocking grade: 96th
  • Pass-block grade on true pass sets: 96th
  • Pass-block grade without play motion: 94th
  • Pass-block grade on 5 and 7-step concepts: 96th
  • Run-block grade on gap runs: 79th
  • Run-block grade on zone runs: 91st
  • Run-blocking positively graded play percentage: 86th

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