JC Tretter can stabilize the center position if he stays healthy
JC Tretter’s career has been hampered by injuries.
In 2013 Tretter spent his rookie season on injured reserve after breaking his ankle during OTAs. Reportedly, he was participating in a fumble drill when the injury occurred. The injury kept Tretter from playing his entire rookie season.
More from Dawg Pound Daily
- 2023 NFL Mock Draft: Browns make surprise move for left tackle
- Browns: David Bell was excellent against man coverage as a rookie
- Former Browns wideout Josh Gordon shines in XFL debut
- Cleveland Browns: 3 Running backs who can replace Kareem Hunt
- Cleveland Browns lose QB Coach Drew Petzing
The 2014 season was not without injury. About a week before the season opener, Tretter injured his knee and missed half the season before coming back to the lineup.
In 2015 Tretter played in 16 games, making three starts. Heading into 2016 he was regarded as the Packers’ starting center.
But the injuries returned in 2016. He suffered a sprained MCL and missed nine games. In January, he had a procedure done on his knee and should be ready for upcoming OTAs.
When healthy, his play has been outstanding. The problem is, he has not shown the ability to be available.
The multiple injuries should not be a serious concern for Browns fans as the injuries are ones that Tretter can fully recover from. The concern is the history of continued injuries. His injury history means that the Browns must have a longterm plan in place before the 2017 NFL season.
Overall, Tretter should be viewed as a bridge player to a longterm solution. Although his age suggests he could be a longterm answer for the position, his injury history makes entertaining such a possibility out of the question. Even if he were to be healthy all of 2017, the Browns must begin looking for a player to eventually take over the position.
Next: Browns loading up on draft picks
A player on the Browns roster who has the talent and intelligence to become a Tretter type of player is Anthony Fabiano. One could conclude that Tretter is a bridge to Fabiano, especially if the Browns pass on center in the draft.