New England Patriots: Four Players To Watch Against Panthers

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January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (61) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

1. Marcus Cannon 

Sebastian Vollmer has missed the last three days of practice, which puts his availability for tomorrow’s game in doubt. If he is unable to go, Marcus Cannon will have to step up, and fill in on the right side.

As I previously mentioned, the Panthers’ defensive front is one of the best in the NFL, which will put Cannon to the test. It is not like Cannon is fighting for a roster spot, but I think if he performs well against Carolina, Bill Belichick could potentially decide to move him to right guard when the regular season starts up. In my opinion, the best Pats offensive line would consistent of Dan Connolly at center, and Cannon at guard. He has shown he is talented enough, but Belichick and company are reluctant to give up their best backup to the starting lines.

Regardless of all that, Cannon must play well to protect Tom Brady. We can’t lose Brady to an injury, especially in a preseason game.