The New England Patriots are bringing a familiar face back into the fold, signing offensive tackle Marcus Cannon to their practice squad, per ESPN’s Field Yates.
Update: the Patriots will be signing veteran OT Marcus Cannon to the practice squad, per source.
Cannon played with New England from 2011-2020, starting 69 games during that time. https://t.co/vzkIpsIXQ9
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 8, 2022
Cannon is no stranger to the Patriots. They drafted him out of Texas Christian in 2011 in the fifth round of the NFL draft. He would go on to spend the next nine seasons playing for the team, starting in 69 games during that time and helping them win three Super Bowls (XLIX, LI, LIII). He was also named Second-team All-Pro in 2016.
Cannon opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 concerns. In 2021, he was part of a trade package that sent him to the Houston Texans where he was named the starting right tackle but dealt with injuries. He was released by the team this past March.
While it’s very unlikely that Cannon will be a starter again, he provides some much-needed veteran depth for their offensive line, especially if there are any injuries. He’ll be able to help guide current starting tackles Trent Brown and Isaiah Wynn, as well as backups Yodny Cajuste and Justin Herron.
Bill Belichick will appreciate having the familiar veteran face on the field during practice in the season ahead, provided that he stays healthy.