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Seahawks shuffle O-line, move Justin Britt from guard to center

RENTON, Wash. -- Justin Britt is changing positions once again.

A second-round pick in 2014, Britt started 16 games at right tackle in 2014 before moving to left guard last season for the Seattle Seahawks. Now he's getting a shot at center.

"We moved Britt from left guard into center," offensive line coach Tom Cable said during an interview with John Clayton on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Asked about Britt's ability to communicate and make calls, Cable added, "That’s what enables us to do it, to even try it is the fact that he is well-versed in our system, two years. Now he’s played tackle, played guard, understands it. The issue for him will be getting him comfortable and confident snapping and playing against the nose guard."

Last season, the Seahawks took their competition at center deep into the preseason. They eventually settled on Drew Nowak, who started seven games, before switching to Patrick Lewis for the second half of the season. Nowak is no longer on the 90-man roster, and it sounds like Lewis will have to compete with Britt for the starting job. The team also used a sixth-round pick on TCU center Joey Hunt.

Chances are the offensive line will see many different combinations between now and Week 1. But to start, from left to right, it will be: Garry Gilliam, Mark Glowinski, Britt, Germain Ifedi and J'Marcus Webb.

The two returning starters from last year are Gilliam (played right tackle) and Britt. But they are now at new spots. In other words, no Seahawks starter is lining up at the same position as last year.

Coach Pete Carroll has said that establishing continuity on the offensive line took too long last season. But there will likely be plenty of mixing and matching in August before the team settles on its best five-man combination.