Michael Bennett on lack of playing time: 'I don’t know what’s happening'

Ryan Hannable
October 11, 2019 - 11:59 am
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The Patriots defense is off to a historic start this season, and that is with one of their most seasoned veterans not seeing the field much at all.

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Defensive lineman Michael Bennett played just 11 snaps (22 percent) Thursday night against the Giants, which were a season-low. This came following only playing 14 snaps in Washington last Sunday. It's rather confusing considering despite the limited snaps, Bennett has been relatively productive.

In the six games he has five tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Bennett was asked about his playing time following Thursday's game and he appears miffed.

"I don’t know what’s happening,” Bennett told Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal. “You have to ask Bill (Belichick). I wish I knew. If I had a better answer, I would tell you. You’ve got to ask them, man. I’m just trying to do what they ask me to do."

Earlier in the week Belichick acknowledged Bennett was working on embracing what the team is asking him to do, which is different than other teams in the past like the Seahawks and Eagles when he's had a much freer role.

Bennett has a cap hit this year of $6.5 million.

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