You may not have noticed, but most centers in the league are right handed. That makes Chiefs undrafted free agent Andrew Lewis from Oklahoma State a rarity, since he snaps with his left hand. In his rookie spotlight, Josh Looney asked Lewis about being a southpaw center, including if he was a lefty across the board.
“No, it’s kind of funny. I write with my left hand, but I swing a golf club and a bat right handed. So I guess I’m ambidextrous and can mix it up a bit,” Lewis said. “It’s always been kind of funny like that for me.”
Beyond looking different from a fan’s perspective, it could be seen as an issue for quarterbacks that are creatures of habit and used to getting the snap from right handed centers.
“It’s never been an issue. Coming into the league some guys were questioning whether or not that was going to be a problem, but I told them that I’ve never had a problem getting the ball to the quarterback. So I’ve never had an issue, but some people have questioned it.”
Lewis said that he hasn’t had any exchange problems with the current Chiefs quarterbacks, including fellow lefty Tyler Palko.
“Nope, Tyler and I are good too.”
It probably seems like no big deal to most people, a snap is a snap is a snap, right? But again, this is a game of repetition and it’s hard enough for a quarterback to get used to a new center, but add in the ball coming into their hands a little differently and it would be silly to ignore the difference.
Early on it doesn’t appear to be an issue, but it’s something that we need to keep an eye on during training camp. With that being said, it will likely be he ability to play both guard positions that earns Lewis a spot on the roster.
Rudy Niswanger and Casey Wiegmann will hold down the center position which likely means the Chiefs will not need to carry a third player behind them. But if Lewis can add depth at multiple positions, he has a fighter’s chance.