Michael Bennett primed for career year in Patriots defense, Kyle Van Noy tells Zolak & Bertrand

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Bill Belichick has rarely had pass-rushing talents the caliber of Michael Bennett at his disposal. In 2019 he does, as the former Seahawks and Eagles standout came over in a trade back in March.

Under Belichick's tutelage, Bennett could be primed for one of the best seasons of his career. Teammate Kyle Van Noy told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Zolak & Bertrand on Wednesday how confident he is in what Bennett will bring starting Sunday night against the Steelers.

"I think honestly, he has a chance to have a career year, that’s my opinion," Van Noy said. "He looks like he’s young and fresh as ever. Just the things he’s able to do at every position - you never know where he could to line up. He’s really good at what he does. He’s very disruptive.

"I’m happy he’s on our team. I’m tired of watching him do it to our offense."

Michael Bennett celebrates with teammate Kyle Van Noy of the New England Patriots after completing a sack in the third quarter during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
Michael Bennett celebrates with teammate Kyle Van Noy of the New England Patriots after completing a sack in the third quarter during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

Bennett lined up a lot on the defensive interior during camp and in the Patriots' preseason dress rehearsal against the Panthers. They're showing more 3-4 looks up front, which will make Bennett more of an inside presence to complement their edge rushers. But he has plenty of experience playing outside as well, which should make him as unpredictable as he's ever been in his career. Van Noy, and Patriots fans, have reason to be excited for Bennett's potential.

Listen above for the full interview as part of episode 2 of "The KVN Show" on Zo & Beetle. Van Noy sounded like he enjoyed the new intro the guys put together for him. He also enjoys what he and the Patriots defense have accomplished, and what they plan to do this season as they prepare to defend their Super Bowl crown.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected].