Re: next season thought
posted at 11/29/2013 10:52 AM EST
In response to rkarp's comment:
Solder is the least of this teams areas of need. Ditto Mankins.
Wendell will have offers that the team will not wish to ascend to, meaning a replacement will have to be found. The draft seems to be light at the C spot this year.
Wozzy, I am unsure on a players actual weight, but the pats web site has Cannon at 335, and his footwork is what had him as a day 1 draft choice. Ramirez is listed at 325 pounds. Josh Kline is listed at 295 pounds.
Agree with Solder, I think sometimes the coaches put too much on his shoulders because they think he is so good, even the best tackles should have a tightend putting a chip block on Von Miller instead of allowing him to be blocked one on one, the guy is too good and too fast for one man to block.
As far as Cannon goes he is 6'5" tall and while there have been tall centers before, ideally you want those throwing lanes clear and a stout, shorter center usually has more lateral quickness to snap the ball quickly and get into his blocks.
Cannon is a tackle and possibly a guard in reserve, when Vollmer went down we didn't hear anything about the right tackle position, Cannon was doing a great job before getting hurt and we really started running over his side often on sweeps. I'm not sure of his weight now nor do I truly trust a Patriots website to give me (or opponents) true information, the team may have asked him to slim down as much as possible and/or he may have lost weight in cancer treatments, but when he came out of college he weighed closer to 400 pounds than 300 and was the biggest guy in that draft class.
Kline was also 310 pounds out of college, I'm not sure about his current weight anymore than I am of Cannons but I'm pretty sure he can do what Wendell can do without breaking the bank.