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Michael Bennett rolls out Patriots-Star Wars comparisons on Twitter

Michael Bennett rolls out Patriots-Star Wars comparisons on Twitter

The New England Patriots are getting a pretty interesting cat in Michael Bennett.

The veteran defensive end reminded us of that Thursday in his first social media post since coming over in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles by going heavy on the "Star Wars" theme.

Bennett got the ball rolling on the Patriots/"Star Wars" connection this week by comparing head coach Bill Belichick to Yoda, the wise Jedi Master.

The legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi also is a solid choice for quarterback Tom Brady (who may have been a Han Solo in his younger years), while Devin and Jason McCourty both could pass as Lando Calrissian.

(Others may view Belichick and Brady as Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, but we digress.)

In any case, Bennett clearly respects the Patriots' organization -- he also retweeted a video of Belichick discussing how the Patriots handled Bennett in Super Bowl XLIX -- and seems excited to hit the ground (skies?) running.

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule

1:24 - Tom E. Curran is joined by General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons Thomas Dimitroff, who talks about his impressions of Bill Belichick following the NFL meetings in March.

9:55 - Before letting him go, Tom gets Dimitroff's thoughts on the batch of receivers in the upcoming draft.

13:58 - Tom breaks down each and every matchup of the Patriots 2019 schedule, from their Week 1 opener vs. the Steelers, to their tough Week 5-through-9 stretch  (18:31), to an interesting December with games against the Texans and Chiefs (23:55).

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Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles

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Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles

Two of the Patriots' last seven first-round draft picks have been offensive tackles: Isaiah Wynn and Nate Solder.

And though tackle doesn't seem to be a pressing first-round need this year, there's no doubt that New England could look to beef up that position by going back to the well at some point in this year's draft.

The Patriots don't have an obvious candidate for their swing tackle spot at the moment. Plus, there could be shakeup coming up front in 2020. Joe Thuney will be a free agent, and if the Patriots want the flexibility to move Wynn to guard, then a tackle from this year's draft class would make sense. 

Based on past picks in the Belichick era, Phil Perry takes a look at some tackles who fit the Patriots' mold and could work in Foxboro this fall.

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