Houston Texans player profile: RT Marcus Cannon

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Last year, Marcus Cannon was one of 67 players who opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Cannon makes his return to the field, he will do so as a member of the Houston Texans following an offseason trade with the New England Patriots.

When healthy, Cannon has established himself as one of the best offensive linemen in the league. But health could prevent Cannon from living up to his potential as an All-Pro lineman (2016) with the Texans.

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Position: Offensive Tackle Age: 33 Height: 6-6 Weight: 335 lbs Hometown: Odessa, Texas High School: Odessa High School College: TCU Draft: 2011, Fifth-round pick No. 138 Acquired: Trade with Patriots, 2021

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Entering the upcoming season, there are reasons to have some concerns regarding Cannon's health. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in June, which isn't ideal for a player who only took part in voluntary OTAs. However, if Cannon can play all 17 games, his presence will only help improve Houston's play on the line of scrimmage. As the more experienced offensive lineman, Cannon will likely take the helm as the Texans' starting right tackle while pushing Tytus Howard down to right guard. The 2019 season marked the last time Cannon played a near-complete season. In 15 games played, Cannon ended the year with a pass-protection grade of 67.5 and a run-blocking grade of 63.6, according to Pro Football Focus.

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