Michael Bennett only played in one preseason game for the Patriots, so New England's new defensive end managed to fly under the radar a bit as Week 1 approaches.
But once the real games start: Watch out.
In his weekly interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand," Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy insisted Bennett has the chance to put up career numbers in New England this season.
"I think, honestly, he has a chance to have a career year," Van Noy said. "That's my opinion. He looks like he's as young and fresh as ever."
That's a pretty high bar, considering Bennett is a three-time Pro Bowler who's tallied 8.5 sacks or more in five of his 10 NFL seasons (his career high is 10) and racked up nine sacks and two forced fumbles with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018.
So, why is Van Noy so confident in his 33-year-old teammate?
"The things that he's able to do at every position, like, you never know where he could line up," Van Noy said of Bennett. "He's really good at what he does. He's very disruptive. I'm happy he's on our team. I'm tired of watching him do it to our offense."
Bennett's versatility was on display during his brief preseason cameo, as his sack against the Carolina Panthers came from the nose tackle position. With defensive mastermind Bill Belichick maximizing his skill set, it's hard not to buy into Van Noy's bold prediction.
And if Bennett ever loses motivation, Van Noy has a great way to light a fire under him.
"I just tell him that Marty (Michael's brother and former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett) is cooler than him, and that really gets under his skin," Van Noy added.
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