Bedard: Bracing for Watt vs. Cannon, Part II ☕


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T.J. Watt beats the Patriots' Marcus Cannon (61) to Tom Brady Dec. 16 at Heinz Field. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.Marcus Cannon, despite being overshadowed by some of his excellent offensive linemates, had a very good 2018 for the Patriots. Even though Trent Brown got more headlines and a whopping payday on the free-agent market, Cannon had the better season, giving up slightly fewer quarterback pressures (33.5 to 34.5), QB hits (7.5 to 15.5) and stuffed runs (13 to 25.5).

It would have been no contest if you ignored the loss to the Steelers.

Let's just say Cannon had a rough night Dec. 16 at Heinz Field. The Patriots allowed 11 quarterback pressures in that game and eight (73 percent) were yielded by Cannon. He allowed nearly a quarter (24 percent) of his season total of pressures in just that one game, and he also committed two penalties. Here he gets beat by Watt's speed and power:

Suffice it to say, Cannon is aware.

"I’ve seen that game numerous times and it speaks for itself," Cannon told this week. "There’s definitely things that happened during that game that I need to correct before we play them again, but we’re working hard at it."

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