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Eagles DE Michael Bennett shows up at minicamp after missing OTAs

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There’s a fresh face that showed up in the Philadelphia Eagles’ minicamp. After missing most of the team’s spring workouts, which were voluntary, defensive end Michael Bennett put on his new uniform and participated in his first minicamp practice with his new team minicamp practice, as reported by Tim McManus of ESPN.

Eagles minicamp starts today and DE Michael Bennett is in the house. The veteran was not in attendance for a good portion of spring workouts, but the coaching staff believes he’ll adapt quickly.

Bennett is among the number of key additions to the team made by the Eagles this offseason. He was acquired by Philadelphia via a trade last March with the Seattle Seahawks along with a draft pick in exchange for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Bennett’s arrival in Philadelphia gives the Eagles’ already strong defense another shot in the arm. Last season for the Seahawks, Bennett recorded 8.5 sacks and 40 combined tackles in 16 games played. In five seasons in Seattle, he managed to rack up a total of 39.0 sacks in 75 games.

As of the moment, the Eagles’ defense is expected to line up multiple Pro-Bowlers in Chris Long, and Haloti Ngata, and Michael Bennett among others. Bennett is expected to provide the Eagles with another behind starters Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham.

Philadelphia’s stop unit was key to the team’s run all the way into a Super Bowl win last February. The Eagles ranked fourth in 2017 in scoring defense, fourth in total defense, 17th against the pass, and first against the run.