Now that Sebastian Vollmer is out for the season, it’s time for Marcus Cannon to step into the mix as the starting right tackle for the New England Patriots. And there’s no rest for the weary this week, as Cannon must prove himself immediately.
Cannon is set to face off against Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Woodley is easily the best pass rusher on the Steelers right now. He has collected five sacks in just seven games, which puts him on pace for about 11.5 sacks on the season. That would tie his second-highest single-season output.
Not only that, but Woodley can play good run defense as well. He’s one of those players who, despite being the best pass rusher on the team, plays on the strong side of the defensive formation. That means that defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau trusts Woodley to be able to handle the run as a lot of runs are taken to the strong side.
What makes things worse is that Cannon was not supposed to play offensive tackle when he was drafted. He was a fifth-round pick of Texas Christian University who was projected to play offensive guard in the pros. That’s because Cannon is huge at 6-foot-5, 358 pounds. Many scouts felt that he couldn’t carry that weight to play on the outside.
Cannon has been used as a super-sub offensive lineman so far in his career. He has come off the bench to play both right guard and right tackle. So far, he has not shown enough to be considered a starter. Tomorrow is a chance to prove himself.