Patriots Players to Watch in Week 3: Marcus Cannon
Next up on this list of Patriots players to watch in Week 3 is right tackle Marcus Cannon, the man who will be tasked with blocking superman pass rusher J.J. Watt in Week 3.
Many Patriots fans sigh at the mention of Cannon, but the veteran offensive lineman has been impressive so far this season. In fact, Cannon had his best game as a pro last year going against Watt and holding the star defensive end in check. Cannon’s standout play was the difference in that game, and it will be the deciding factor in this encounter with the Texans as well.
Cannon has the opportunity to more or less push Sebastian Vollmer out of the starting right tackle job over the long term if he can piece together several noteworthy performances this season, such as the job that awaits Cannon on Thursday night. Vollmer is the oldest offensive lineman on the Patriots’ roster, and his absence from the team in 2016 opens the door for Cannon to force the Patriots’ hand.
Alright, now let’s shift our attention to the defense.
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