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Marcus Cannon: ‘Blessed’ to get new deal from Patriots 11.30.16 at 12:46 pm ET
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Right tackle Marcus Cannon landed a new deal from the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Right tackle Marcus Cannon landed a new deal from the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Marcus Cannon said Wednesday he feels “blessed” to have received a contract extension from the Patriots.

“It doesn’t validate anything,” the right tackle said of the new five-year deal he agreed to earlier in the week, a contract that could keep him in New England for the rest of his career. “I still have to come out here and do things better. There are still things I need to work on.

“But like I was saying, I’m very thankful of the opportunity they’ve given me. I’m very blessed.”

The 6-foot-5, 363-pound Cannon is in his sixth season with the Patriots, and while he struggled at times over the course of his career in New England, it appears that the stability that comes with only playing right tackle has agreed with him. The 28-year-old, who has bounced up and down the offensive line over the course of his career, has been the right tackle since the start of the season, and has done well.

“Marcus is having a good season. He’s been a good player for us,” said Bill Belichick. “Marcus has always done a solid job for us whenever he’s played. I’m glad we have him going forward. He works hard. A quiet kid but he’s very dependable, team oriented. He’s done a good job for us in the running game and the passing game. He’s been a good player.”

There are two other possible reasons behind his improvement: one, he was reunited with Dante Scarnecchia, who returned to work as the offensive line coach this past season. And two, it looks like he dropped some weight, and is lighter on his feet. That helps out when it comes to footwork and technique, especially when it comes to defeating pass rushers off the edge.

“Just changed some stuff here and there,” Cannon said when asked about his weight loss. “We have a great strength and conditioning coach; he helped a lot. Just put some good people in my corner. He helped me be the best I can be.”

When it comes to Scarnecchia, he said the return of the veteran coach has been “great” when it comes to his professional development.

“Just doing everything that he tells us to do as an offensive line and trying to get better every day,” he said. “I just love playing with the guys in this unit. Come in every day, work together. We leave together. We’re a tight-knit group.”

In the end, Cannon said the contract doesn’t necessarily provide validation for he level of work he’s put in over the last few years. But he won’t deny that there’s a sense of comfort that comes with the possibility of him being able to finish his career in New England.

“I’m always trying to get better. There are things I have to work on still. Small things, big things. I’m never just happy with where I’m at,” he said. “[But] I’m thankful they’ve given me this opportunity, and they trust me enough to re-sign me.”

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Bill Belichick: ‘I’m glad we have [Marcus Cannon] going forward’ at 10:25 am ET
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Bill Belichick seemed pleased to have Marcus Cannon around for the next five years. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick seemed pleased to have Marcus Cannon around for the next five years. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — On Tuesday, there was a report of the Patriots extending right tackle Marcus Cannon for five years and although Bill Belichick wouldn’t directly confirm the deal, he all but said it was true while praising the TCU product.

“Marcus is having a good season,” Belichick said on Wednesday. “He’s been a good player for us. He’s had to fill in when Sebastian [Vollmer] and Nate [Solder] in previous years. We felt like we’ve had three good tackles and usually two of the three have ended up playing, how ever it went. It’s varied from year-to-year over the last few years, but Marcus has always done a solid job for us whenever he’s played. I’m glad we have him going forward.

“He works hard. Quiet kid, but he’s very dependable. Team-oriented. He’s done a good job for us in the running game, in the passing game. Good player.”

Cannon has started 10 of the 11 games this year, as he missed Week 5 with a calf injury. He’s having his best season as a professional, which is likely due to having offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia back on the staff, but also losing weight in the offseason.

The extension is reportedly worth $32.5 million with $14.5 million guaranteed. This likely means Vollmer is done in New England as the 32-year-old will be a free agent after the season.

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Patriots reportedly sign OL Marcus Cannon to 5-year contract extension 11.29.16 at 2:49 pm ET
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Marcus Cannon

Marcus Cannon

The Patriots have signed one of their upcoming unrestricted free agents.

No it’s not Dont’a Hightower or Martellus Bennett — it’s right tackle Marcus Cannon.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates and Mike Reiss, the Patriots and Cannon have agreed on a five-year contract extension.

[UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports the deal is worth $32.5 million with $14.5 million guaranteed.]

Cannon has played very well this season, which likely has had a lot to do with the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. The right tackle likely would have been one of the biggest names in terms of offensive linemen on the market, so the Patriots did a good job signing him early.

It also likely means Sebastian Vollmer has played his last game as a Patriot. He is on injured reserve and will be a free agent.

“The improvement we’ve noticed has really been this year,” Scarnecchia said during the bye week about Cannon. “We asked him to play a different way and do things differently. He’s such a good guy, he really tries to do them that way, and I think he’s made great strides. He’s improved over the course of this season, and that is all you can ask of any player. He’s a big man that moves very well and uses his hands much better in pass protection. He can be a real force in the run game, so I’m pleased with where he is. But neither one of us is satisfied, so we just keep moving forward.”

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Bill Belichick can’t ‘judge intent’ on Kam Chancellor hit on Tom Brady 11.14.16 at 1:25 pm ET
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Nov 13, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeated the Patriots 31-24. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady fires a pass Sunday night against Seattle at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick is someone who lets the film speak louder than words.

That was what the Patriots coach leaned on Monday when he was asked whether or not he felt safety Kam Chancellor laid a dirty hit on the right knee of Tom Brady in the third quarter Sunday night.

“I saw the same thing everybody else saw,” Belichick said of the play on New England’s first offensive drive of the second half.

On the play, the Patriots were facing a third-and-2 at their own 17 when Chancellor came on a safety blitz over right tackle Marcus Cannon. Right before the snap, James White switched his protection side from right to left, leaving no one between Chancellor and Brady but Cannon. Chancellor beat Cannon to the outside and Cannon appeared to slight shove Chancellor as the Seattle safety dove at Brady’s right leg.

Chancellor was tagged for a 15-yard personal foul for roughing the quarterback.

Brady, who acknowledged soreness after the game and to Kirk and Callahan, flexed his knees several times during the ensuing drive, which was capped off by LeGarrette Blount’s third touchdown run of the night.

What did Belichick think?

“On a football field it’s hard to judge intent,” Belichick said. “I don’t think the officials can judge intent. I think that’s too difficult. They’re taught to judge what they see and call what they see so that’s their job. They made a lot of calls last night. We had some that favored us. We had some that didn’t but that’s their job and really I’m focused on our job which is to prepare to play better than we played [Sunday] night.”

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OL coach Dante Scarnecchia explains reason for Marcus Cannon’s improved play this season 11.01.16 at 10:29 am ET
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Marcus Cannon has made great strides this season. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Marcus Cannon has made great strides this season. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — One of the most improved players on the Patriots roster this season has been offensive lineman Marcus Cannon.

The right tackle is enjoying his best season as a professional, being one of the best linemen on the team over the first eight games in his sixth season in the league.

Speaking Tuesday as coaches typically do during the bye week, offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia detailed a change in his technique as being one of the biggest reasons for his improvement.

“He hasn’t used his length — his arms are really long — but he doesn’t use them like a guy that has long arms needs to use them,” Scarnecchia said. “The more you keep the defenders out and away from you instead of letting them get into your body and grab things, the better off you’re going to be at tackle. He has seemed to grasp that very well and embrace it. If he continues to play that way, he’ll be fine and he has been fine.”

Added Scarnecchia: “I think the improvement that we’ve noticed really has been this year. We asked him to play a different way and to do things differently. He’s such a good guy and really tries to do them that way. He’s made great strides, I honestly think he has improved over the course of this season and that is all you can ask for of any player. He’s a big man that moves very well. He uses his hands much better in pass protection and he can be a real force in the run game. I’m pleased with where he is and neither one of us is satisfied so we just keep moving forward.”

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Marcus Cannon (calf) to miss first game, among 7 Patriots inactives 10.09.16 at 11:33 am ET
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Marcus Cannon

CLEVELAND — Marcus Cannon will miss his first game of the season with a strained calf.

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.

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Julian Edelman, Marcus Cannon among 9 questionable, Jacoby Brissett placed on IR 10.07.16 at 9:12 pm ET
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Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

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

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

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

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