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Patriots' Van Noy feels for Michael Bennett, but 'hard to argue' coaching decisions

Patriots' Van Noy feels for Michael Bennett, but 'hard to argue' coaching decisions

Kyle Van Noy feels for Michael Bennett. 

On 98.5 The Sports Hub's Zolak and Bertrand program, Van Noy was asked what it must be like for a player like Bennett to deal with a reduced role after being used to having a more regular role over the course of his career. Bennett played just 11 snaps against the Giants last week and has been suspended for having what he called a "philosophical disagreement" with coach Bret Bielema the following day.

"Man, I'm sure it's really tough," Van Noy said. "He is a really, really good football player. He wants to play. When he's been on the field, he makes really good plays. When you look at his sacks they're really good for the amount of snaps that he's played. Look at the defense, it's hard to argue anything . . . Everybody's playing really, really good. It's a fight to get reps."

Bennett has 2.5 sacks to go along with a quarterback hit and six hurries in six games this season. He's played 130 total snaps, slotting him in behind Adam Butler, Lawrence Guy and Danny Shelton as the top defensive linemen on the depth chart. 

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Deatrich Wise looked like he had worked his way ahead of Bennett last week, as he played 14 total snaps. Seven of Bennett's 11 snaps came when the score was 35-14 late in the fourth quarter.

Van Noy was dealt to the Patriots from the Lions in 2016 as he dealt with sporadic playing time despite starting each of Detroit's first seven games that year. Bennett is playing far less now than Van Noy was then, but Van Noy may have some insight into how Bennett is feeling. 

"It's a hard thing to do," Van Noy said. "You really gotta set your pride to the side and . . . that's a hard thing to do when you've been the guy at other places in your career. I love Michael and I'm going to have his back."

Bennett's one-week suspension hit the league transaction wire on Tuesday afternoon. He will lose one game check while suspended. If the Patriots plan to trade him off their roster in the hopes of recouping some value in return for the veteran defensive end, they'll have to do so prior to the Oct. 29 deadline. 

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Luka Doncic: 'Great player' Jaylen Brown 'deserves the contract he got'

Luka Doncic: 'Great player' Jaylen Brown 'deserves the contract he got'

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown has silenced his doubters with a hot start to the 2019-20 NBA season, and one of the league's best young stars is impressed.

Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic, who scored a game-high 34 points in a 116-106 loss to the Celtics on Monday night, has plenty of praise for Brown after the game. 

It's still very early in the season, but the four-year, $115 million contract Brown signed before the season has looked like a great deal for the C's so far.

He's averaging 19.8 points and 7.2 rebounds, while shooting 53 percent from the field in 31.3 minutes per game. Brown scored 25 points on 9-for-16 shooting and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds in Boston's win over the Mavs at TD Garden. His best performance of the season came Saturday night in San Antonio, where the 23-year-old guard poured in 30 points.

Brown is a key part of the Celtics' present and future, and with veteran forward Gordon Hayward out for the next six weeks after hand surgery, the 2016 first-round pick has a tremendous opportunity to establish himself as an All-Star player in the Eastern Conference.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on inherent pressure put on former Patriots QBs

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on inherent pressure put on former Patriots QBs

Former Patriots QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran for this episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast.

1:00 — Tom Curran takes us back to the Patriots 2017 season, discussing how strange the year seemed from the very beginning and how the Pats' Super Bowl LIII victory over the Rams the following season was cathartic for the team.

7:05 — Matt Cassel joins Tom to talk about how watching a weekend of football without the Patriots made them realize just how disciplined and organized Bill Belichick's team is.

14:31 — With the fallout of Jimmy Garoppolo losing his first game of the season on Monday night, Tom wonders if there is extra pressure put on quarterbacks formerly in the Patriots' system. Matt gives deeper insight into what it's like being Tom Brady's backup.

24:10 — Who is your NFL MVP through 10 weeks? Tom and Matt debate if Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson has a better claim.

28:01 — Matt says the Patriots' upcoming game against the Eagles will "set the tone for the rest of the season." Tom and Matt talk about the last time these two teams played — Super Bowl LII — and how that loss affected the Patriots.

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