Why is Michael Bennett a great fit for Patriots? Brother Martellus explains


How will Michael Bennett adapt to life with the New England Patriots?

Let's ask the person who knows him best.

Michael's brother, former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, returned to Boston this week to visit local schools and libraries and promote his new book, "Dear Black Boy."

During media session Wednesday at Boston Public Library's Dorchester branch, Martellus was asked how he sees his defensive end brother fitting in with head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

His answer: quite well.

"Bill will have a lot of fun with the things he’s capable of," Martellus said, via the Boston Herald. "I think Mike will have a lot of fun because Bill will put him in the position to succeed, as well."

"I think Michael created that position that he plays, the Trey Flowers position. That position wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Michael. Michael was like the pioneer of that space — go inside, play outside, being able to do it on left and right. You don’t know where he’s going to line up at.

"When they gameplan to block somebody, you can go a lot of different ways to open up gaps for other people to rush, too. I think versatility as a player on the Patriots is what they want the most. And that versatility right there, they’re going to have a lot of fun scheming with Michael."

The three-time Pro Bowler tallied nine sacks last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, so his reputation as a nightmare for offensive lines is still intact. And while Trey Flowers leaves a massive void, Bennett has the pedigree and versatility to help fill it.

As for Martellus? The retired tight end flirted with the idea of reuniting with his brother before insisting his NFL days are done. But...

"You never know, though," he said Wednesday. "I stay in shape, so one day I might wake up and be like, ‘F— it.’ Back half of the season. Second half, last six games before playoffs."

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