Began the 2013 season as a back-up at both left guard and center but made two starts at each position during the year because of injuries to other players. Had previously begun both previous seasons as the starter at left guard but lost his position there both years. Had been signed as a free agent before the start of the 2010 season after being released by New England in their final roster cutdown. Started every game from Week 5 onwards and played way beyond expectations in both the running and passing games. Originally a 6th round pick of the Patriots who made 30 starts in college at NC State having made the transition from defensive tackle to the offensive line before his junior season.