Vollmer hasn’t practiced this week and looks unlikely to suit up for the Falcons game at the Georgia Dome. Cannon has only started one other game in his NFL career (last year against the Jets in New York on Thanksgiving night).
“Whatever they ask me to do, that's what I'm doing,” he told reporters matter-of-factly Thursday after practice.
New England is fortunate to have long-time assistant Dante Scarnecchia coaching the o-line – a group that always seems prepared no matter who is asked to step into the lineup. If Cannon is confident in his ability to sub for Vollmer (he wouldn’t say so directly when asked), he gives credit to his position coach.
“Coach Scarnecchia coaches us pretty well, the whole offensive line, and if we need to get ready for something, he's going to get us ready for it,” he said. “That's just the type of coach he is, we just do whatever he asks us.”
Vollmer and wide receiver/special teams co-captain
Nine other Patriots, including wide receiver