The sample size may only be two games, but reserve offensive J.C. Hassenauer has created some confusion at the starting center position.
When asked during his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was somewhat secretive about the decision on who would be starting at center position against the Baltimore Ravens this coming Sunday. One can assume that he did not intend to reveal what many Steelers fans know is inevitable.
In the last two games, Hassenauer has put together strong performances, posting grades of 88.9 in their Week 16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and 72.7 in their Week 17 win against the Cleveland Browns.
Since Week 1, rookie Kendrick Green has occupied the starting center position, but has struggled mightily throughout the majority of the season, while posting one of the lowest win rates among centers in the league. Meanwhile, in his absence on Monday, Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris posted his best rushing performance of the season with 188 yards on the ground.
This Sunday, the Steelers will need a win and some help from the Jacksonville Jaguars if they look to find a spot in the playoffs. Regardless of the end result, Hassenauer has earned the trust of Tomlin and his teammates to become the team's starter in this game.