FOXBORO — Trey Flowers has been an imperative piece to the New England Patriots’ defensive puzzle the past four years, but not they have to find a way to replace him. Flowers decided to sign with the Detroit Lions to reunite with his former coach, Matt Patricia.
The Patriots prepared for the loss by acquiring defensive lineman Michael Bennett from the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, Bennett is no Flowers, but it is a more than viable (and affordable) solution.
New #Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett was tied for eighth in the NFL in quarterback pressures (68) and tied for third in QB hits (20) with Aaron Donald last season, according to @PFF. Broke down his film from last season. 👇 https://t.co/VZsUKCFpUZ
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) March 9, 2019
Bennett is a professional with a decade worth of experience playing in the NFL. One of the areas where he doesn’t match up with Flowers in terms of talent is stopping the run, so it’ll be interesting to see if that’s something the Patriots work with him on or work around.
Another exciting addition to New England’s defense is their recent third-round pick Chase Winovich. Aside from his unmistakable golden locks and quirky personality, the 6-foot-3 defensive end has a motor that never stops running.
The Patriots just signed Winovich to a four-year, $3.8 million contract.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) April 28, 2019
One characteristic of his that might fly under the radar is his hand usage. Over the past two seasons at Michigan, Winovich had 109 quarterback pressures, which ranked fourth in all of college football. His effectiveness remained high against the run, as well.
The rookie’s potential and vibrant personality should make him a fan-favorite come the 2019-20 season.