The New England Patriots started a pair of TCU Horned Frogs at the tackle spots on Sunday.
On the left side stood Marshall Newhouse. On the right side stood Marcus Cannon.
The former was signed just days after the latter’s shoulder injury surfaced in New England’s season opener. And together, Newhouse and Cannon have combined to start 130 games in their NFL careers.
They are the eldest members of the same offensive line now.
“It was exciting,” Cannon said of Newhouse’s arrival Monday on WEEI’s Dale & Keefe. “I remember seeing him when he came in for his physical that day, and it was just a surprise. I’d seen him walk in, I thought I was seeing things. But it was awesome.”
Newhouse, 30, entered the league in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. Cannon, 31, entered in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.
“I played four years with Marshall. We came in together in June 2006. We all came in at TCU and met each other,” added Cannon. “Of course, I redshirted. He didn’t, and he’s got a year ahead of me. But it’s great. It’s always great when you have a guy that you spent four years with before in college come back. It’s just been amazing.”
A glance through the 2009 TCU football media guide would say as much.
Newhouse’s senior and Cannon’s redshirt-junior season saw the Horned Frogs go 12-0 before falling to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. Both would be selected first-team All-Mountain West.
Newhouse has been a Green Bay Packer, Cincinnati Bengal, New York Giant, Oakland Raider, Buffalo Bill, Carolina Panther and New Orleans Saint since then. New Orleans released the veteran swing tackle from injured reserve as the calendar turned to September, and a free-agent workout with New England followed.
As did a one-year contract that qualifies for the minimum-salary benefit.
Newhouse continues as the Patriots’ starting left tackle with 2018 first-round pick Isaiah Wynn placed on injured reserve due to turf toe last week.
He saw all 77 snaps there in New England’s 30-14 win over the New York Jets, all while Cannon returned to see 75 snaps on the right.