Marcus Cannon

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.

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.

[Field Yates]

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Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.