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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.

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Martin Truex Jr. won his 2nd race of the season last week. Photo via: Wiki Commons.

NASCAR returns to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. This is the first of two races here at this track as they will race on Sunday afternoon. This will be different from the normal night race they usually have here as this will definitely affect the racing surface considering how much the sun could make the track slick. It should be a fun race come Sunday.

Last week, Martin Truex Jr. passed Denny Hamlin to capture his second win of the season after rain moved the race to Sunday. He became the first driver to win multiple races after a fierce battle with his teammate Denny Hamlin. The race was filled with tons of wrecks including a fifteen car pileup including Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. It was one of the better races of the season as there was lots of beating and banging.

The race was not without controversy but not the kind you would expect. Early in the race Rick Ware Racing teammates Cody Ware and James Davison were involved in an altercation. The two were battling towards the back of the pack when Ware decided to drive through his teammate in turn four. The race got much worse for Cody Ware as he was involved in three more cautions all throughout the race. Many people around the sport were quite perturbed by his antics including broadcaster Mike Joy as he was audibly annoyed after Ware spun out later in the race. Many have questioned if the fifth-year driver should even be in the car and overall I can understand why some of those people think that. In his five years of driving, he has finished on the lead lap one time. I hope that he is able to figure it out and find success in the future, but this was not a good look.

The slump continues for two-time champion Kyle Busch

Throughout the race, Busch was running okay for the most part but towards the closing laps of the race he and Chris Buescher got together triggering a fifteen car pileup. Despite all this, he was able to rebound to a respectable tenth place finish. This has been more than likely the toughest stretch of his career since his championship in 2019. Many would say that the omission of Practice and Qualifying has really affected his performance. Whatever the issue is, this team really needs to find some speed, or he could be in danger of missing the playoffs. I look for this team to bounce back considering how talented he is.

Prediction

The driver that I have winning this week is Kyle Larson. This has been an incredible rebound season for Larson as he currently sits fourth in points. He is also second in laps led only to Denny Hamlin. Richmond has been a great track for him as it fits his driving style perfectly as he can run the outside line and find grip where others can't. This track is also rather sentimental to him considering he won his first pole award here during his rookie season in 2014. While he may not have the results he would want he has always been extremely fast here and even won back in 2017. I look for him to capture his second victory of 2021 come Sunday.

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