Michael Bennett: Every defense is easy to learn compared to Patriots

Ryan Hannable
November 13, 2019 - 8:54 am
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In Michael Bennett's first two games with the Cowboys, he has five tackles and a sack, while playing 59 percent of the snaps in both games. With the Patriots, he had five tackles and 2.5 sacks over six games, but played 40 percent of the snaps or less in five of them.

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The veteran defensive end was traded to Dallas before the trade deadline, as he was unhappy with his role in New England.

It appears he never fit the Patriots' defensive scheme.

"It's all the same really when it comes down to it," Bennett said, via The Athletic's Jon Machota. "The scheme is very familiar to something I'm used to. I just came from the place (New England) with the most defenses in the league, so any other defense is pretty much easy to learn."

Bennett seems to be enjoying his new team.

“Everybody loves the Cowboys around the country," he said. "I grew up watching the Cowboys, Alvin Harper, Michael Irvin, Ken Norton, all those guys. It’s honor to be able to play for an organization that you grew up in Houston being able to see.”

Following the trade, Bennett changed his contract so he's now a free agent following the year.

“I don’t know. This could be my last year in the NFL," he said. "Could be thinking about what’s the best thing for my family, what’s the best thing health-wise and my future. Just take it one game at a time, one year at a time.”

Bennett will face his former team at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 25.

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