Marshall Newhouse Provides Patriots With Starting Insurance At Tackle

Marshall Newhouse’s Monday visit to Gillette Stadium ended with a Wednesday contract.

The New England Patriots announced the signing of the offensive tackle, a veteran 114 NFL games and 72 starts, in wake of fellow Texas Christian product Marcus Cannon’s recent shoulder injury.

Field Yates of ESPN first reported the signing of Newhouse.

Cannon had exited New England’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the fourth quarter and was officially ruled questionable to return. The longest-tenured offensive lineman on the roster did return to practice as a limited participant two days later.

But Newhouse provides insurance with the timetable for his former Horned Frogs teammate unclear.

New England was forced to reshuffle the deck without Cannon on Sunday night. Versatile starting left guard Joe Thuney switched over to the right bookend spot, all while Jermaine Eluemunor subbed into the 33-3 victory on the interior. Projected top swing tackle Korey Cunningham was a healthy inactive for Week 1 after being acquired via trade from the Arizona Cardinals on the same August afternoon as Eluemunor arrived from the Baltimore Ravens.

And in comes Newhouse ahead of New England’s trip to Miami Gardens.

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound tackle entered the league as a Green Bay Packers fifth-round selection in the 2010 draft. Newhouse has made stops with an additional seven teams since then, and was released from the New Orleans Saints’ injured reserve with a settlement on Labor Day weekend.

Newhouse split 2018 between the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers while checking into 14 contests and starting a pair on the left side. He is, at 30 years old, the eldest lineman in New England’s fold behind only the 31-year-old Cannon.

Cannon agreed to restructure his contract in June, guaranteeing $4.5 million in 2019 while adding incentives that could increase the total value his deal to $24 million through the 2021. Cannon has started 55 games over the course of his nine regular seasons with the Patriots, appearing in 101.

He was named a second-team All-Pro in 2016.

“Certainly, it’s going to be a big challenge,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters of Cannon this week. “Marcus is a good player, and we’re going to need some guys to step up and play well. And I think that’s going to be an important part of this week and our preparation going into Miami.”

Rookie tackle Yodny Cajuste, a third-round pick out of West Virginia this spring, has begun the season on the non-football injury list after undergoing quad surgery during the draft process. New England’s outside options also include the 6-foot-9 Dan Skipper on the practice squad.

But the well-traveled Newhouse is the latest option as Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Dolphins nears.

A spot opened on New England’s active roster Tuesday when wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was traded to the New York Jets in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round draft choice.

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