Entering his third season with the Jets, Dakota Dozier had already changed positions twice. After starting his NFL career as a guard, the Furman product received the majority of first team-reps at center this spring. The Jets had the luxury of resting seven-time Pro Bowler Nick Mangold while Dozier got a crack with the starting unit.
"Obviously having Nick is phenomenal because he understands it all. I struggle sometimes and he'll give some suggestions on how he'd do it," Dozier said during OTAs. "It really is fun, I like playing center. I'm here for the ride and to do whatever it is I'm asked to do."
The 6'4" 313-pounder saw his first NFL regular season action last year and appeared in four contests. On his first offensive snap against Cleveland, the Jets scored a touchdown. Dozier, who played tackle at Furman, know his time in the middle with the first team was simply a "just in case" scenario.
"I do believe that once Nick comes back to camp, I'll play more guard than center. But it's a great asset for me to have, to come in and backup the interior three," Dozier said. "Then hopefully earn a starting role one day."
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While the Jets' starters up front appear set, Dozier hopes his position flexibility will help him once the pads come on in training camp.
"He's certainly a guy that it's his time to see where he fits in," said OL coach Steve Marshall of Dozier. "His approach is outstanding. We'll see as we move forward, but Dakota is one of those guys that certainly is in the mix."