Versatility is what the New England Patriots want, Cannon provides this.
Cannon, started at right tackle for six games last year, filling in for injured Sebastian Vollmer. Primarily adding insurance to the starting line, Cannon also has the ability to play at guard as well.
This is not just a pivotal year contract wise for the 6’8” 335lbs lineman. If Cannon ever wants to become a starter on the Patriots, this is the year to prove that.
There is a changing of the guard (no pun intended) starting to happen with the offensive line for the Patriots. Long time offensive line coach, Dante Scarnecchia, has been replaced with newly appointed, Dave DeGuglielmo taking over the reigns.
If all reports are true, DeGuglielmo is not here to rock the boat, but one would think that he wants to put his own imprint on keeping Tom Brady upright this season.
Either Bryan Stork Jon Halapio, Cameron Fleming, Josh Kline or Marcus Cannon have that chance to impress their new coach.
Given the fact that the Patriots drafted right guard, Jon Halapio, who like Cannon can play both sides of the field. It would appear on paper even Cannon’s ‘flex’ role is in danger of being lost.
On the upside for Cannon, Sebastian Vollmer is coming off a serious leg injury, the Patriots are going to want to make sure they have backup in case they have to go through the season without Vollmer once again.
With eight to ten spots available on the roster each year for an offensive lineman, Cannon is as far as I am concerned a lock for 2014, but I want to see more progression. You always want to see a player improving year in and year out. I want to see the footwork improve, a known fact that has always gone against Cannon.
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