WALK THE LINE
Here's why the Texans o-line is still a bit of a mystery
New Houston Texans offensive lineman, Marcus Cannon, spoke with the Houston media on Monday and answered some questions about what his role will be on the team. Unfortunately for Texans fans, we didn't learn much about where Cannon will be lining up when the season begins. Will he be playing right tackle, or will it be Tytus Howard?
We did learn that Cannon prefers playing tackle
Cannon did admit that he has the most fun playing right tackle, but he's willing to play wherever the Texans need him. Cannon said the Patriots asked him to learn multiple positions, so he's more than happy to play guard or tackle for Houston. Regardless of whether Cannon plays tackle or guard, he's a good bet to be playing next to former Texans first round pick, Tytus Howard. Which should be a nice improvement on the right side of the Texans o-line.
When the media asked Howard if he knew what his job would be on the team, Cannon responded by saying, "I don't know what my role is going to be." He also said he doesn't know how much he'll be playing or which position he'll be asked to play. He hasn't been with the team for long, so Houston will have plenty of time to figure out where the best spot is for him. The Texans starters on the o-line could look like this, LT Laremy Tunsil, LG Max Sharping, C Justin Britt, RG Marcus Cannon, and RT Tytus Howard. But Sharping showed some regression last year, and Britt and Cannon just joined the team, so plenty of things could change before the season begins.
During his session with the media, Cannon said he has spoken with some of his teammates and coaches, and found head coach David Culley to be very motivating. Marcus also talked about being very excited about having the chance to play professional football in Texas, since he has Texas ties and played his college ball at TCU.
The bright spot of the offseason?
The trade for Marcus Cannon is interesting because this could turn out to be the best move of the offseason for Houston. Cannon started at tackle for the Patriots during 3 of their Super Bowl winning seasons. Cannon will be 33 years old when the 2021 season begins, but should be fully rested and healthy after opting out of the 2020 season with concerns about COVID. Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the 2011 NFL Combine, and earned the Ed Block Courage award after making a full recovery.
Be sure to check out Cannon's interview in the video above for more information.