PHILADELPHIA — Michael Bennett wasted no time taking purpose at the NFC East quarterbacks he’ll quickly be chasing immediately after.
“I know Eli Manning is in all probability looking at this and pondering … of course, I am coming. I know Dak [Prescott] is looking at this like, ‘Yeah, he’s coming.’ Yeah, I am,” Bennett mentioned at his introductory news meeting Monday as a member of the Eagles. “And Alex Smith, he is aware of he cannot run from me. I explained to him in the Professional Bowl.
“It is really definitely going to be a terrific time and it’s going to be fun to be out in this article and be ready to chase quarterbacks.”
Bennett, 32, was lately acquired from the Seahawks alongside with a seventh-round select for a fifth-round select and wide receiver Marcus Johnson. He joins a deep defensive line group in Philadelphia that involves defensive ends Brandon Graham, Chris Lengthy and Derek Barnett, as well as tackles Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan and Haloti Ngata.
Offered the selection of gamers vying for snaps, as nicely as defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s choice to rotate his linemen, Bennett’s playing time is likely to dip — he performed 931 snaps for Seattle last year en route to an 8½-sack marketing campaign, though no member of the Eagles’ line played more than 663 snaps last yr.
But when he does get on the industry, he’ll be ready to hunt in Schwartz’s assault scheme.
“I believe in Seattle, it can be a very little bit much more obligation due to the fact we performed a small little bit different defense — however performed with good defensive linemen Cliff Avril, a single of the most effective gamers to ever participate in the game, I had so lots of fantastic players all-around me who have been some of the very best gamers to ever engage in — and so here, this protection is just an additional possibility to line up on tight ends. And honestly, I don’t believe you can find a tight conclusion in the NFL that can block me,” he claimed before launching into his bit about the quarterbacks in the division.
“So it’s definitely going to be a fantastic season, it really is heading to be enjoyment to be out listed here and be equipped to chase quarterbacks [not just on] 3rd down, it’s going to be on 2nd down and initial down. It can be just heading to be fun.”
Bennett, who uncovered out about the trade while on trip in Japan, begun the news convention by thanking the Seahawks, the franchise he split with after 5 prosperous seasons that involved two outings to the Super Bowl and just one Lombardi trophy.
Bennett pushed again at the idea that he was moved because of his purpose on the social activism entrance, believing it was far more about Seattle’s motivation to go more youthful and get price out of some of the growing older veteran gamers when it still could. He declined to remedy regardless of whether he would continue on his protests all through the nationwide anthem though in Philadelphia, but touted the Eagles business for its participation in off-area challenges when expressing a wish to make an impact in the neighborhood.
“It is not just about profitable championships on the area, it really is about getting a champion off the industry and currently being equipped to do the job in the community with gentlemen and younger gals all across this town and be capable to give back,” he claimed.