J.C. Tretter – Center
Standout interior offensive linemen don’t always get recognized properly when they are on average or below-average teams. That’s 100 percent the case for Browns center J.C. Tretter who has been under-recognized and underappreciated by many around the league.
Since coming to the Browns as a free agent in 2017, Tretter has started 16 games for three straight seasons, while helping to lead a dominating rushing attack each of the last two seasons. Yes, unfortunately, he was apparat of the disastrous 0-16 season in 2017, but Tretter could also be a crucial piece to turning the organization around once and for all.
Not only will Tretter get more press from a successful season in 2020, being elected as the NFL Player Associations President will also shined the light on him more than usual. Tretter is a prime example of a player working smarter, and not harder.
Tretter is not the biggest, strongest, or most athletic center in the league, but he understands leverage, angles, and is a tremendous leader. These qualities not only make Tretter a likable guy, but they also make him an old-fashioned football player that plays the game for all the right reasons.
Look for Tretter to pick up where he left off in 2019, with him and Joel Bitonio leading the offensive line and winning Nick Chubb the rushing title he deserved in 2019. Once Tretter establishes himself as a pro-bowler in 2020, look for the honor to continue for many years to follow.