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Patriots DE Michael Bennett says ‘it’s amazing’ to follow in footsteps of Richard Seymour, Ty Warren

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The New England Patriots may have lost defensive lineman Trey Flowers to free agency this offseason, but they replaced him by acquiring veteran defensive lineman Michael Bennett.

Bennett is thrilled to be in New England and can’t wait to follow in the footsteps of previous Patriots linemen such as Richard Seymour and Ty Warren.

“I used to love watching Richard Seymour, Ty Warren – just so many great players here,” Bennett said, according to Ryan Hannable of WEEI. “I just liked watching them. The opportunity to get a chance to play here, follow those guys, it’s just amazing. There’s always been a lot of great D-linemen whether it were Vince [Wilfork]. I’m just happy to be here.”

Michael will be the second Bennett family member to play for the Pats, as his brother, Martellus, played tight end for the Patriots back in 2016. So, Bennett knows what he is getting into.

“Everything is good,” Bennett said. “Got great coaches, great players around. Definitely high standards out here. That’s what I’m used to as far as teams. It’s good to be out here and the opportunity to play with so many great players on defense as far as [Dont’a] Hightower and just everybody is just really good.”

The 33-year-old spent the 2018 campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles, registering 34 tackles, nine sacks, and a couple of forced fumbles.

Bennett made three straight Pro Bowls with the Seattle Seahawks between 2015 and 2017, with his best season coming in 2015 when he racked up 52 tackles, 10 sacks, and a pair of forced fumbles.