Michael Bennett believes he can fit into new Patriots scheme

Ryan Hannable
August 14, 2019 - 8:28 am

FOXBORO -- By the looks of things, the Patriots defense may be going to a four-man defensive line instead of three this season.

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It may be an adjustment for some, but speaking after practice Tuesday new defensive end Michael Bennett doesn't think it will be an issue.

"I think it's all the same. I've played in all different defenses," he said. "It's just about your attitude really, and trying to make the best of each position and finding out how to dominate that position. It takes a little time, but once you figure it out, it's the best part of it. I think later in your career, being in the same position and doing the same things doesn't allow you to grow, so when you get into a position with a team that's pushing you to do different things and becoming uncomfortable in it, it kind of allows you to grow in your own craft.

"I think this is a good opportunity for me to grow in my own craft, learning new defenses, learning new terminology, learning new players – it's fun. I think it's easy when you're in the same defense for a long period of time to be great, but then to go to another defense and do it again, I think that's a great challenge and I look forward to those types of challenges, especially now."

Before coming to the Patriots, Bennett was a fan of some past defensive ends to play for Bill Belichick. With his versatility, Bennett could play outside, but then kick inside on passing downs.

"I was excited to work with Belichick and the rest of the guys on defense," he said. "Obviously, they've got a great pedigree, all of the great defensive linemen that have been here before me, so it's just a lot. Like I said before, just being in that locker room and seeing all the guys’ jerseys. Growing up, Richard Seymour was my favorite player, him and John Abraham, so being here is just really unique, and the opportunity to play a lot of different fronts and do a lot of different things with a lot of these young guys is fun."

Bennett will be counted on to help replace Trey Flowers' production, which seems very possible as the veteran defensive end is coming off of a nine-sack season with the Eagles last year.

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