Even if we do sign Jeff Faine, this guy might be an interresting player to add as well to compete for the position or at least to add depth. He is from Ohio and played his college football at Bowling Green. He was picked up by the Panthers (who have a good line) on 8/18 this year and then released 4 days later on 8/22. From the information I've been able to gather about him he kind of reminds me of a Anthony Collins type of player, a career back up but everytime he has gotten his opportunity he has performed well.
Here's what I was able to find.
He is a 30-year-old seven-year veteran who has been a backup most of his time in San Diego. At 6-foot-4, 321 pounds he has played center, both guards and been used as a blocking tight end. Although he has played in 83 games he has only started 16 games in seven seasons, 13 at center for San Diego in 2009.
Note: I like the versatility even if it's just for depth.
According to Pro Football Focus in 2009 and playing center. Mruczkowski was +13.6 in his 13 starts that season, +5.2 in run blocking, +3.2 pass blocking and +5.5 in screen blocking. He committed only three penalties and allowed one sack. Among centers who played 75 percent or more of their team's offensive snaps, he ranked eighth that year. It's important to remember that was also 3 years ago when these grades were given.
Bolts From The Blue (SB Nation website), summarized Mruczkowski this way last year:
Scott has shown himself to be a pretty average offensive guard, and that's the reason that he had never progressed past being a backup. That's a big reason why he started working on his skills at center in 2008, figuring to make himself more versatile/valuable. When he eventually got pushed into service at Center due to [a] Nick Hardwick injury, Scott was great at center. A lot of people in San Diego think he's good enough to start at center somewhere else.
In a nutshell. He's been a really good (albeit, inexperienced) center, pretty average guard, and better at pass protection than he is run blocking.
So what do you think? Should we try and sign someone like this or Jeff Faine right now so we can get them acclamated, or do we wait go with what we have for now and then try to find someone better after the finals cuts?