This offseason, the Texans traded draft picks picks with the Patriots to acquire Marcus Cannon. Houston added New England’s right tackle, who sat out last season due to COVID-19, to upgrade a floundering offensive line. It was expected Cannon would move to right guar and replace Zach Fulton because of his skillful run blocking skills and pass protection that may not hold up now that Cannon’s not blocking for Tom Brady.
Recent press conferences have muddied this idea. The Texans’ coaching staff has labeled Cannon a right tackle; if that is the case, promising former first round pick Tytus Howard would move to guard. That is a completely ridiculous idea.
Regardless of where he eventually lines up, Cannon is going to be on the bench for the next few weeks. Aaron Wilson reported that Cannon underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to clean his knee up.
That being said, Cannon is expected to be ready for training camp. Howard v. Cannon for the starting right tackle spot is an unnecessary battle, but one that will be one of the most interesting ones for the team entering this season. I know who I’ll be rooting for.