|Marcus Cannon (calf) to miss first game, among 7 Patriots inactives||10.09.16 at 11:33 am ET|
The starting right tackle for the first four games missed practice on Thursday and was limited Friday before being designated inactive Sunday.
Cannon came out in warmups shortly after 10 a.m. and tested the calf with light jogging exercises.
Cameron Fleming will likely take his place on the starting offensive line.
Also inactive are Shea McCellin (concussion), Brandon Bolden (left knee), Vincent Valentine (back), cornerback Justin Coleman, tight end Greg Scruggs and defensive back Eric Rowe.
The designation of Coleman and Rowe as inactive means rookie Cyrus Jones will be the No. 3 corner on the field. The Browns are also on their third starting quarterback in rookie Cody Kessler. The Browns, at 222 yards, are tied with the Texans for the third-lowest net passing yards per game in the NFL after four weeks.
|Julian Edelman, Marcus Cannon among 9 questionable, Jacoby Brissett placed on IR||10.07.16 at 9:12 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots will be without three players this Sunday in Cleveland, including one that was placed on injured reserve.
Brandon Bolden (knee) and Shea McClellin (concussion) were ruled out for Sunday after not practicing all week. Jacoby Brissett, who was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, missed practice Friday with thumb surgery and was placed on injured reserve.
Meanwhile, Vincent Valentine (back) missed practice all week but is officially questionable for Sunday.
Julian Edelman (foot) was again limited in practice Friday while Marcus Cannon (calf) returned to practice after missing Thursday. He was limited. Edelman and Cannon are among nine Patriots listed officially as questionable for the game against the Browns.
Here is the complete practice report.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Brandon Bolden (knee) OUT
LB Shea McClellin (concussion) OUT
QB Jacoby Brissett (thumb) OUT – Injured Reserve
DL Vincent Valentine (back) QUESTIONABLE
OL Marcus Cannon (calf) QUESTIONABLE
RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) QUESITONABLE
WR Julian Edelman (foot) QUESTIONABLE
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee) QUESTIONABLE
OL Joe Thuney (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
|Marcus Cannon, Vincent Valentine among 4 players missing from Patriots practice||10.06.16 at 1:04 pm ET|
FOXBORO — After being limited with a calf injury on Wednesday, Marcus Cannon was missing from Patriots practice on Thursday.
The offensive tackle was among four players in total missing from the session. Like they were on Wednesday, Vincent Valentine, Brandon Bolden and Shea McClellin were also absent.
Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich were back for the second straight day as they returned from their suspensions this week. The media was only present for stretching, so there was no viewing of any throwing.
The Patriots will hold one more practice on Friday before taking on the Browns Sunday in Cleveland.
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|Snap to it: Which Patriots have had biggest workload through three games?||09.25.16 at 3:29 pm ET|
We got into some of the snap counts for the 2016 team through three games in our weekend notes, but we figured we could always go a little deeper. Here’s a look at the six players who have played every possible snap this season: on offense, it’s linemen Marcus Cannon, Joe Thuney and David Andrews. On defense, it’s cornerback Malcolm Butler, linebacker Jamie Collins and safety Devin McCourty, In addition, Logan Ryan, Shaq Mason, Nate Solder, Jacoby Brissett, Martellus Bennett, Cameron Fleming and Jimmy Garoppolo are the seven other guys who can boast of having gone wire-to-wire in at least one of the three games this year.
Overall, here are the snap leaders on both sides of the ball through three games:
215 offensive snaps
Cannon — 215 (100 percent)
Thuney — 215 (100 percent)
Andrews — 215 (100 percent)
Bennett — 212 (99 percent)
196 defensive snaps
Collins — 196 (100 percent)
McCourty — 196 (100 percent)
Butler — 196 (100 percent)
Ryan — 188 (96 percent)
Patrick Chung — 184 (94 percent)
|5 things (not including Tom Brady) we’re focusing on when it comes to Friday’s Patriots-Panthers preseason game||08.26.16 at 11:11 am ET|
1. The back end of the wide receiver depth chart. With Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell all not likely to play and veterans like Nate Washington subtracted from the mix this week, the opportunity is there for the handful of young receivers who are competing for a job to distinguish themselves. DeAndre Carter, Chris Harper, Devin Lucien and Aaron Dobson are all part of a group that is angling for one — maybe two spots, tops. None of them could gain any sort of separation last week against the Bears. With the regular season looming, their chances will become few and far between in the coming week. Friday night’s game represents an excellent opportunity for one of them to step up and assert themselves.
2. The fifth cornerback position. The first four — Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Cyrus Jones and Justin Coleman — are pretty much set. But there’s a real positional battle brewing for the fifth spot among a group that includes Darryl Roberts, Cre’von LeBlanc and Jonathan Jones. From this viewpoint, LeBlanc and Roberts have been going head-to-head over the last two weeks, but a late push from Jones could force the Patriots to make some tough decisions when first cuts come down later this month.
3. The right side of the offensive line. Gradually, the left side of the offensive line has started to come into focus, as Nate Solder (left tackle), Joe Thuney (left guard) and David Andrews (center) are now clearly locked in on starting positions. How about the right side? Presumed starting right tackle Marcus Cannon could continue to use as many reps as possible to get ready for the regular season. (And if he appears shaky Friday against the Panthers, that could jump start a search for another tackle — either a trade or free agent pickup — between now and the start of the regular season.) And right guard appears to be a race between a few possibilities, including rookie Ted Karras. More answers should be forthcoming Friday night.
4. How the backs hold up in protection. Earlier in the week, James White described his continuing education in the art of blitz pickup as a “work in progress.” If he wants to continue to get the majority of reps as the third-down back going forward, that progress needs to continue. The Panthers have an excellent front seven when it comes to pressure, and with the New England offensive line continuing to be in a state of flux, the backs will be tasked with doing their part to help provide protection for the quarterbacks.
5. The speed of the game, especially for the younger players. The third preseason game is the one where the intensity and pace get ramped up, as starters get the bulk of the playing time in the first half in a final prep for the regular season. Will Jimmy Garoppolo (whenever he plays) be able to handle a Carolina defense at full speed? With many veterans like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman expected to be on the sidelines, can the younger players on the offensive side of the ball handle the quickness and new level of competition they’re about to face? In short, Friday should be a good test for several guys on the roster as they start to grow accustomed to something approximating real NFL football. (In that same vein, it’ll be interesting to see if there are any veterans playing late in the third and into the fourth quarter. That’s not a good sign for an established player, especially in the third preseason game of the year.)
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Tom Brady, Marcus Cannon, James White||08.22.16 at 2:56 pm ET|
FOXBORO — What’s the latest on Tom Brady and how will Marcus Cannon fill the void for Sebastian Vollmer? WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have your report from Foxboro.
|Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon ready to take ‘long’ road to replace Sebastian Vollmer ‘one brick at a time’||at 1:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO — These are interesting times for Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon.
The pair of offensive tackles are now front and center on the offensive line with the news over the weekend that Sebastian Vollmer could miss significant time or even the season with a bad hip.
“I love Sebastian,” Solder said. “Whatever he needs or whatever it is, I’ll always be there for him. Sebastian is an awesome guy. He’s one of my best friends. There’s so many things but as a group, we just have to move forward.”
What the Patriots need from Solder and Cannon will be consistency. With Solder slotted at left tackle, Cannon steps into right tackle, a position has had held down since the start of camp since Vollmer has not been able to actively practice at all.
“Wherever they want you to go, they have trust in you and you trust them,” Cannon said. “That’s what it is. If they want you play, that must mean they have trust for you to play in that position, wherever they put me.”
That consistency started to show last Thursday against the Bears with a good effort that produced a solid run game to complement Jimmy Garoppolo, especially in the second quarter.
“I think we definitely made an emphasis of it that week and going forward, there’s a lot of things we need to emphasize and improve on. I think that’s one of the steps where we improved and hopefully, we can continue to improve going forward,” Solder said. “We’ve had some pretty exciting games, I think. I know I’ve been excited to be back in some games. It’s been fun the whole preseason. We’ve taken it pretty seriously.
“There may have been but we’re never satisfied because we have a long ways to go. The way we practice, the way we play, whoever is out there, we’re ready to go. That’s kind of our philosophy on that.”
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