Cannon rushed six times for 15 yards and caught his only target for six more in Monday's 48-17, Week 1 win over Detroit. The game's lopsided nature allowed New York to work Cannon into the mix, but Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell dominated touches out of the backfield while the result was still hanging in the balance. Cannon showed no signs of the ball-security issues that bothered him in the preseason, which bodes well for the speedster's chances of expanding his change-of-pace role as the season unfolds.
Cannon survived Saturday's round of cuts, and will open the season on the Jets' 53-man roster. Cannon's fumbling issues in the preseason will probably prevent him from returning kicks or punts this year, but the rookie sixth-rounder out of Virginia State proved his speed is a legitimate asset at the NFL level. New York probably would have preferred to stash Cannon on the practice squad, but he likely would have been claimed by another team if the Jets didn't keep him on the roster. Cannon should serve as the No. 3 running back behind Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell, at least until Elijah McGuire (foot) returns from the IR in the second half of the season.
Cannon rushed 11 times for 29 yards and failed to haul in either of his two targets in Thursday's preseason finale against the Eagles. He also racked up 25 yards on one kick return and 31 yards on his lone punt return in the 10-9 loss. Cannon failed to get much going on the offensive end, but he showcased his explosiveness in the return game. The rookie also didn't put the ball on the ground, which is notable given his ball security problems throughout the preseason. Elijah McGuire's foot injury could allow Cannon to sneak onto New York's roster as the third-string running back, but he's more likely to end up on the practice squad given how raw he looks at the moment.
Cannon rushed five times for 23 yards, secured all four of his targets for 30 yards and returned three kickoffs for 71 yards in the Jets' 22-16 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday. He also lost a fumble. Cannon's fumble came on a late-first-half kickoff return after he'd already gained 20 yards, and he was impressive otherwise through both the ground and air. The sixth-round pick's four catches co-led the Jets on the night and provided a glimpse of his upside as a third-down receiving option. Meanwhile, his main competition for the No. 3 running back role, Thomas Rawls, did not see any rushing touches and failed to come up with his only target, furthering the rookie's case. Cannon could see extended action again in next Thursday's preseason finale versus the Eagles, but Friday's effort may have been enough to cinch a roster spot.
Cannon (ankle) has retaken the field for practice, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. Cannon has been sidelined of late by an ankle issue, but that now appears to be behind him. The sixth-round rookie back was considered the favorite for third-string duties early in camp, though the injury may have changed those plans slightly. Even if he doesn't see the field consistently on offense this season, he could be a contributor on special teams.
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