Patriots

Bill Belichick mum on Michael Bennett's suspension, role with Patriots

Bill Belichick mum on Michael Bennett's suspension, role with Patriots

What's going on with Michael Bennett?

Bill Belichick apparently isn't the person to ask.

In a press conference Thursday, the New England Patriots head coach declined to elaborate on why Bennett was suspended for Monday's game against the New York Jets.

"I am not going to comment on any player's personal situation," Belichick told reporters.

The Patriots officially suspended Bennett for "conduct detrimental to the team," and the defensive end said Tuesday it was due to a "philosophical disagreement" with Patriots defensive line coach Brett Bielema.

Bennett has seen his playing time decrease in every game this season after starting and playing in 55 percent of New England's snaps in Week 1.

Our Tom E. Curran asked Belichick what he thought Bennett's role would be going forward and got a similarly terse response.

"Right now we're focused on the Jets," Belichick responded. "That is what we're working on."

Bennett hasn't seemed to fit in New England's defensive system this season, and it's worth monitoring whether the Patriots will attempt to move him before the NFL's Oct. 29 trade deadline.

Don't expect to hear any updates from Belichick, though.

LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE TO TOM E. CURRAN'S PATRIOTS TALK PODCAST:

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Ex-Patriots backup QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran to talk about a frustrated Brady, Colin Kaepernick's NFL comeback chances and Cassel's experience with the Dallas Cowboys.

3:30 - Tom Curran is joined by Matt Cassel to discuss Tom Brady's attitude following the Patriots win over the Eagles. Does he have the right to be so outwardly upset?

10:34 - It's easy to focus on what the Patriots haven't brought in to help Brady, but Tom and Matt talk about the three first-round picks in Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn and N'Keal Harry that were drafted specifically for the QB.

15:27 - A couple of former Patriots made headlines Tuesday, with Rob Gronkowski announcing his "Gronk Beach" plans for Super Bowl Sunday and Antonio Brown apologizing to Robert Kraft on social media.

20:40 - With Colin Kaepernick's workout now in the rearview, Tom and Matt discuss what they saw from him and wonder what the exposure actually did for the QB's chances of getting a job.

27:27 - Matt talks about his time with the Dallas Cowboys and gives us an insider's view of what it's like to play for Jerry Jones as opposed to Robert Kraft.

LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE:

 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

The New England Patriots worked out a defensive back on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Tre Sullivan, a former Philadelphia Eagles safety, played 12 games in 2018. The 24-year-old made 17 tackles, 12 solo, in his stint with Philadelphia. Sullivan played in college at Shepherd University in West Virginia, and was released by the Eagles over the summer. 

The workout comes after the Patriots have a need to fill three open practice squad spots following the departures of offensive tackle Dan Skipper, defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu and placing Obi Melifonwu on injured reserve.

New England also announced that they've placed Gunner Olszewski on injured reserve and have actived Isaiah Wynn. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.