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One year older and plenty wiser, Marcus Cannon is expected to make his second start on Sunday for the Patriots, three seasons into his NFL career.
This situation has similarities to the first time Cannon started for the Patriots, Nov. 22, 2012, a Thanksgiving road game against the Jets. Assuming Cannon starts Sunday’s home game with the Steelers, he’ll be filling in for an injured Sebastian Vollmer, just as he did last year.
The difference is that Vollmer is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg, so the starting right tackle job could be Cannon’s for the time being, if he performs well enough.
There are some who view success as a loosely-defined formula involving preparation and opportunity. Cannon feels he’s always been prepared to play. Now, it would appear, he’ll have the opportunity.