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Michael Bennett on pre-practice chats with Tom Brady: 'It’s an opportunity to just talk life'

Michael Bennett on pre-practice chats with Tom Brady: 'It’s an opportunity to just talk life'

FOXBORO — Michael Bennett hasn’t been here long, but when we’ve seen him off the field he’s usually been right alongside Tom Brady. They walked and talked at the Hall of Fame in Canton. They’ve walked out to practice together at Gillette Stadium, as they did on Monday.

They make an interesting pair: The ever-polished Brady and the outspoken Bennett. 

I asked Bennett on Tuesday what they discuss when they’re spending their time together before taking the fields for work or during their travels as new teammates. 

“It’s an opportunity to just talk life,” Bennett said. “I think Tom has a lot of experiences that I haven’t experienced, and I have some experiences that he hasn’t experienced. And I think just being fathers and being husbands and talking about life, I think that’s the greatest thing you can do with your teammate is to learn him as an individual.”

Brady and Bennett have known each other for years, of course. Bennett notched his first-career hit on Brady as a rookie for the Bucs in 2009, according to Pro Football Reference. They squared off in the Super Bowl in February of 2015. Bennett’s brother Martellus was an important piece to New England’s title run in 2016.

Bennett called Brady “the greatest player to play in the NFL,” but explained that connecting with Brady as a person has been the notable part of their discussions — not necessarily the Xs and Os of football. 

“I think Tom does a great job of connecting with his teammates every single day. Personally that’s been good for me. Coming in, having a guy like Tom talking about stories, just having a good time.

“Football takes care of itself. But building that camaraderie with your teammates, that’s the most important thing for me on this team — to earn everybody’s trust, from the top of the organization, from the media staff, from the training staff, just to let them know what type of individual I am and try to do that every single day. 

“I think talking to Tom allows me to do that. You never know when you’ll get a chance to talk to guys like that, and just have that type of time, it’s cool. He takes time to get to know me as an individual, and I love that.”

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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