Patriots

Patriots

Michael Bennett is going to sound distinctly different than most of his new teammates in the Patriots locker room. If that wasn't already to be expected (it was), he made that point very clear in his first interview with the team's website this week.

"I used to hate the Patriots," he told Megan O'Brien of Patriots.com. "I hated it because they win so much. I hated it because Tom Brady's hair was long. I hated that [Bill] Belichick would wear sweaters.

"But now that I'm here, I love it. I love Tom Brady's hair. I love being a Patriot, obviously, because it's all about winning. I think everything about the org is team first and doing what we need to do to get to go where we want to go as a group. I love it."

Bennett said that even when his brother, Martellus, was here enjoying his ride to a Super Bowl title in 2016, New England was a place that irked him.

"I hated them even more," Bennett said when asked what he thought about the team when Martellus was catching passes from Brady.

"He loved it. He loved it. But the fact that he loved it made me hate it . . . I was the brother that was the Super Bowl champ and he took that from me."

Bennett, speaking from inside the team's facility, went on to say that he was happy to have the chance to chat with Patriots coaches about football philosophies and what it takes to win. He'll have an opportunity to play a significant role toward that end as Trey Flowers signed his contract with the Lions this week, leaving a massive void at the defensive end position for Bennett to help replace.

 

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