The Houston Texans offensive line had substitutions in Sunday's 37-21 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars but played seamlessly in their first game together. With Charlie Heck placed on Reserve/COVID-19 last Monday, Marcus Cannon started the game at right tackle. Traded from the New England Patriots this offseason, the ten-year veteran returned to practice two weeks ago after spending Training Camp presented by Xfinity and the preseason on the PUP list.
"I thought he (Cannon) did a good job," Head Coach David Culley said. "The big thing was we wanted to make sure he got out there healthy, that he got out there feeling pretty good, and that happened during the game. He was fine. I thought those guys did a nice job."
In his debut with the Texans, Cannon was on a predetermined pitch count and played just 64 percent of snaps. Geron Christian Sr., who played left and right tackle in the preseason, subbed into the game for Cannon.
"Marcus (Cannon) came in, we actually had a set number of plays that we were going to play him simply because he hasn't," Culley said. "It was his first time back for a while, and he did a nice job. We were taking him in, taking him out and that was intentional."
Culley hopes to get more snaps for Cannon against the Cleveland Browns next Sunday, depending on how the week of practice goes.
Laremy Tunsil quietly started at left tackle and played 100 percent of the snaps. Tunsil had been recovering from COVID-19 and working his way back at practice over the past few weeks. The Texans two-time Pro Bowler appeared to be back to full health in his first game.
"The thing about Laremy (Tunsil) is obviously, we know he's a heck of a player," Culley said. "You don't hear his name a whole bunch right now simply because usually the guy that's over him is not doing very much in a football game, and that's what you expect for him."
The Texans scored 37 points, the highest Week 1 point total in franchise history. The offense gained 450 total yards (161 rushing, 289 passing) which also tied for the largest Week 1 total in Houston's win against the Jaguars.
The Texans returned to work Monday as they prepare for their next matchup against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
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