Insider Scouting Report: Jeremy Newberry

The Bolts signed veteran Jeremy Newberry to a one-year deal on Monday, hoping to reinforce the center spot while Nick Hardwick works back from a serious foot injury. But is Newberry an upgrade over current backup Cory Withrow? To find out, we check in with Silver & Black Illustrated beat writer Michael Wagaman for an Insider scouting report.

Michael Wagaman is the Oakland Raiders beat writer for Silver & Black Illustrated. He covered every Raiders game last season and has a unique insight into what Jeremy Newberry can add to the Chargers. Here is his Insider scouting report:

"If it weren't for his knees, Newberry would still be considered one of the NFL's elite centers. The guy has an incredible work ethic and his knowledge and experience were major factors in the Raiders' success running the ball last year with a line that really was pretty mediocre as far as overall talent.

"He's strong and has a great center of gravity, which allows him to hold his own and, at times, dominate at the point of attack. He doesn't have the ability to get out to the next level as quickly as he once did but that's due to his cranky knees more than anything.

"The biggest problem with his knees, really, is that they take a beating over the course of the season and eventually he has to miss practice time as a result. That's what happened in 2007. He beat out Jake Grove for the starting job in training camp and played well early but wound up missing significant chunks of practice time late in the year when his knees bothered him more."

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