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Jerry Jones says Cowboys players fed off Michael Bennett in win over Giants

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When Michael Bennett joined the Dallas Cowboys late last month, owner Jerry Jones made it clear to Bennett that he expected the defensive lineman to be with his team on the sideline during the national anthem, something Bennett has not done since 2016.

Well, in his Cowboys debut on Monday night, Bennett did just that, bucking his usual trend of staying in the locker room in the ceremony before the game.

Not only that, but Bennett had a big-time performance in his first game as a Cowboy, logging three tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and four quarterback hits in a 37-18 win over the New York Giants.

Afterward, Jones lauded his new pass rusher.

“I thought he was outstanding,” Jones said, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “I thought he was really impactful in there. I thought you could see the team in general were feeding off of what he was bringing. Of course, very likely he was feeding off what [DeMarcus Lawrence] was doing out there and what [Robert Quinn] was doing. Still, he really is a great addition for us. I don’t use that word much, but he’s a great addition.”

Bennett began the season with the New England Patriots and was expected to be a key cog in their defense, but his snap counts decreased each week, resulting in Bennett expressing some frustration and being suspended for one game by the team.

Eventually, the Patriots traded Bennett to the Cowboys.

In seven games with New England, the three-time Pro Bowler logged five tackles and 2.5 sacks.