FOXBOROUGH -- Marcus Cannon has appeared in 26 games since being drafted by the Patriots, starting only one, when he filled in for Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.
With Vollmer's availability for Sunday's game at Atlanta in question -- he left last week's game with a foot injury, and has not practiced this week -- Cannon could get his second career start.
Is he ready for the opportunity?
"I don’t really know how to answer that, I just do what I’m told," Cannon said on Thursday, after the Patriots practiced. "Whatever they ask me, that’s what I’m going to do, that’s all I know."
Cannon replaced Vollmer in Sunday's win against the Buccaneers after the injury, and played well, despite drawing a false-start penalty. He's played in all three games this season, but logged the most playing time -- 37 snaps -- in the Tampa Bay game, after Vollmer went down.
He's also spent time as a reserve at guard, learning from an experienced group of linemates and from one of the best offensive line coaches in Dante Scarnecchia.
"I’m nowhere where I need to be," Cannon said. "I feel like I’m improving every day, I’m just trying to get better every day and work hard to do what’s necessary to please the team and help us win.
"Every day there’s improvement, but there’s still a lot of improvement to go. Just have to take it step by step, work harder to improve."