The New England Patriots filled the vacant spot on their 53-man roster, and they did so unsurprisingly. As the team announced on Wednesday, it has promoted offensive tackle Marcus Cannon from the practice squad.
The promotion comes three days after Cannon made his 2022 debut, playing 25 of a possible 58 offensive snaps in an overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers.
On Wednesday, head coach Bill Belichick spoke briefly about the veteran lineman.
“He took a lot of reps in training, he played some last week. So let’s go ahead and see how it goes,” Belichick told reporters. “Looks like he can help us.”
Cannon being on the Patriots’ active roster is nothing new to him.
A fifth-round draft pick from TCU, he was an 80-game starter for the team during his first stint in New England between 2011 and 2020. He was traded to the Houston Texans in 2021, but was released by the team the following offseason. After going unsigned for six months, the three-time Super Bowl champion joined the Patriots via their practice squad in mid-September.
Originally playing a depth role, Cannon is now the team’s No. 3 offensive tackle behind left starter Trent Brown and right counterpart Isaiah Wynn. His promotion comes just days after fellow tackler Yodny Cadjus was sent to injured reserve.
Along with promoting Cannon to the 53-man squad, the Patriots also announced two other trades.
The team also recruited offensive lineman Sebastian Gutierrez to their practice squad. Minot State rookie free agent, he began his NFL career with the Denver Broncos earlier this year. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound blocker was laid off before the roster cuts and has remained on the open market ever since.
Prior to turning pro, Gutierrez appeared in 42 games with 35 starts during his four-year college career. He first joined the Beavers as a tight end in 2017, but moved to the offensive line the following year.
Additionally, the Patriots also formalized the previously announced signing of quarterback Garrett Gilbert. The 31-year-old was in town for a training session on Tuesday.
“He’s a smart kid and he’s learned things before,” Belichick said of Gilbert on Wednesday. “He was here, he was in Vegas with Josh [McDaniels]. Of course, there are similarities.
With Wednesday’s moves official, the Patriots no longer have any vacancies on their active roster and practice squad.