FOXBORO -- By claiming Martellus Bennett on waivers Thursday, the Patriots have one of the more quotable players they've had in recent memory back in the fold. 

Whether it was questions about Tom Brady's suspension for Deflategate, politics, food or music . . . Bennett always came up with a colorful way of expressing his views in the 2016 season. 


Here are some of his greatest hit, with some help from our pal over at NBC Sports Boston Craig Kolodny. 

On whether the Patriots are playing with a chip on their shoulder because their quarterback was banned from all team activities for the first month of last season: "I think every guy's played with a chip on their shoulder this entire season . . . It's just who we are as human beings," tight end Martellus Bennett said. "You can't play this game without a chip on your shoulder. From all the players -- guys that got cut, guys that got traded, guys that feel like they got passed up by other teams -- when you play this game you gotta have a chip.

"Everybody's chip might be a little bit different. Like Lays. You might be a barbeque guy, you might be a sour cream and onion guy, but as long as you have your chip that's what gets you where you need."

But did NFL commissioner Roger Goodell provide the team with an extra chip with the way he and the league treated Brady?


"Nah," Bennett said. "Goodell looks like a Pringle guy. I don't consider those chips."

On politics

On his love of bacon

On how he feeds off of Patriots fans