Man in the middle

Scott Wells is looking to add his name to a notable list of starters at center this year. With Mike Flanagan off to be with former Packers coach Mike Sherman in Houston, Wells assumes the starting center spot.

The Packers have been fortunate to have many quality players at this spot. Here's the last three starters at the position: Flanagan, Frank Winters, James Campen.

"I'm hoping to step out and make a statement at the center position and keep it for a long time," Wells said. "That's the way I look at it. This is my opportunity to lock down on a position and hold onto it for 10 years."

Wells started eight games at guard a season ago, and that experience should help.

"Having the eight starts at guard last year helped me out tremendously in understanding the center role even more," Wells said. "Being able to move out further from the center, being able to see how the guard operates, you learn how the tackle operates also. So that furthers your whole understanding of the offense."

Wells doesn't have to be the next Flanagan, Winters or Campen, but based on the Packers' fortune at this spot, something tells me he'll be a good one for a long time.

Doug Ritchay

Editor's note: Doug Ritchay is a longtime sportswriter and former Packers beat writer for the Green Bay News-Chronicle. E-mail at

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