Closer Look: Marcus Cannon


Get to know the name, Marcus Cannon more fluently when the Patriots starting lineup is announced. 

The injury bug has come again to Foxborough. First Wilfork, then Mayo now starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer have been doomed by injuries. Although we don't know for sure how serious Vollmer's injury is we have to expect that since he did not return and was carted off, he will be out at least a week or two.

The 2011 5th round pick out of TCU, Marcus Cannon has been a consistent plug in player for Patriots over three seasons. The 6"5 358 pound Guard has started one game but has the experience and trust of the coaching staff. 

Cannon was supposed to be a first or second round pick but due to his unfortunate run in with cancer his stock fell in the draft and the Pats got a steal. The Cannon pick was purely Belichickian. 

Cannon is just like Ryan Wendell and Dan Connolly. A backup who now is a starter and will be a good one too. Dante Scharnechia is the reason the Pats will stay alive with the offensive line. Scharnechia is the best offensive line coach in the league and has proved that consistently with no name players who have risen to the top and been successful. Look no further than Donald Thomas who started for the Colts but unfortunately suffered a season ending injury.

Cannon is consistent and proved it this game against the Dolphins. He held Cameron Wake to zero sacks. Cannon also reportedly is the third strongest man on the the team behind Wilfork and Mankins. Cannons strength could bring a better presence to the run game which has yet to be truly effective. Of course Cannon isn't perfect but I couldn't think of a better person to fill in. 

Cannon is also very involved in the Massachusetts community and does numerous appearances for charities. He is also just a great guy and teammate and it is rare to not see him smile. Look for Cannon to blast off and excel in both the pass and running game. 

Cannon is a steal and the Pats knew it since day one. 

--Ian Kea