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Marcus Cannon says he was “blessed” to be drafted after cancer diagnosis

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Marcus Cannon, the guard from TCU that was diagnosed with non-Hodkins Lymphoma two weeks before the Patriots selected him in the fifth round of the draft, says that his recovery is going well.

“I’m feeling great,” Cannon told Dana Jacobson on ESPN’s First Take. “I just had treatment in the last few days. I’m up moving around and having fun.”

Cannon said he didn’t have a definite timetable of how long the treatments would last, but things are looking “better and better” and the lump found at the Combine was now totally gone. Asked about his draft experience, Cannon only spoke about the positives, saying his conversation with Bill Belichick was “awesome” when New England selected him.

“I’m just so blessed to have this disease and still be picked up by a team,” Cannon said. “I’ve seen how much I really love football. That’s really why it didn’t bother me if I dropped in the draft. I’m in love with football. If I would have gone in the seventh round, I’d be happy because I just want to play football.”