Michael Bennett: Tackling Ben Roethlisberger is like tackling a truck

Ryan Hannable
September 04, 2019 - 5:45 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- One of the toughest things for the Patriots defense this Sunday night will be controlling Ben Roethlisberger.

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And it is beyond just limiting his production in the passing game.

Roethlisberger stands 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, so even when the defense gets to him in the pocket, he's hard to bring down.

“Kind of like tackling a truck. He’s kind of hard to tackle," defensive end Michael Bennett said Wednesday. "He’s a big, strong guy. He’s able to be in the pocket and still throw the ball with guys hanging off of him. Him and Cam Newton are the hardest quarterbacks to tackle. I think quarterbacks are always hard to tackle because they have so much heart and the will of the team on their back. If you look at guys who have that, plus size, they are always hard to tackle.”

Bennett, who joined the Patriots this offseason, figures to play a big role on defense this season with how versatile he is. He can line up as a traditional defensive end, but also inside when needed.

Even though he's yet to play in a regular-season game, Bennett seems to be enjoying his new team.

“It’s good now that I am here because I like everybody," he said. "Tom is cool. The whole team is cool. It’s good. You look forward to walking into this building every single day and see the standard of level of play, what expectations are every single day at practice. It’s always good to be here and I am looking forward to the opportunity to build my career while I am here. It’s good.”

Bennett totaled nine sacks last year with the Patriots and it would seem the potential is there for even more this year.

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