How the addition of Michael Bennett takes the Eagles defensive line to new heights
21 June 2018 Eagles News
Something that’s not being overly addressed this offseason is the Eagles adding defensive end Michael Bennett. By adding Bennett, the Eagles not only bolstered their defensive line, but also entered a race for the best defensive line ever.
If the Eagles get the production out of Bennett he’s capable of, their set to get to the quarterback a lot this season. Bennett had 8.5 sacks last season and for the last six season, he is averaging eight sacks a year. He has done one thing very well during that stretch in his career and that’s getting to the quarterback and causing havoc.
Adding that disruption to the Eagles already stacked defensive line, you’re looking at a group that gets to the quarterback what seems like every other snap. Brandon Graham had ten sacks, Derek Barnett had five and Chris Long had five. However, this group along with Fletcher Cox seems to always be in the backfield and in the opposing quarterbacks face.
Going back to Bennett, he’s going to compete for a starting job right away. But, he’s also a player who can move inside if needed and with Timmy Jernigan out, he’s a candidate to get some snaps inside. For the Eagles the more pass rushers on the field the better. However, it’s a scary thought when you think of players like Bennett and Long subbing in on 3rd down.
Adding a player who not only racks up the sacks but also causes havoc is never a bad thing. He’s going to be a force on the field and he’s going to get results. With him, you know what you’re getting and that’s a huge advantage for the Eagles.
In total, the addition of Bennett has set the tone for the Eagles season. They’re not going to let other teams beat them at the line of scrimmage. Losing Vinny Curry and Beau Allen, the Eagles needed to bring in someone who can make up for both of those loses and they do so with Bennett.
Photo Credit: Michael Bennett’s Twitter