With the release of Chris Myers, Ben Jones likely moves up the Texans depth chart as the starting center.
Drafted in 2012, Jones worked his way as a rookie into the starting lineup at right guard. He started all 16 games in 2014 at left guard. As the backup center, he never stopped preparing though. It was much like a backup quarterback prepares, he told Texans Radio last year.
"I prepare for center just like if I had to play every snap at center in the game too," Jones said December 2. "I'm always meeting with Chris on the sidelines and talking. I sit by him in every meeting so we're always talking about that. On the field during practice when he's making the calls, I'm making the same calls in my head. Of course, I get center reps in practice too so I'm having to make the calls in practice so if I'm ever called on, I'm able to play it."
Jones, a fourth round pick (99th overall) in 2012, was the team Rookie of the Year honor following his first season. He started 49 games at center during his collegiate career at Georgia and served as team captain of the Bulldogs for three seasons.