FRISCO, Texas – Michael Bennett wasn't in the locker room for media interviews after his first practice as a Cowboy. The veteran defensive lineman spent extra time Tuesday studying up on Dallas' defensive scheme.
But Bennett's new teammates gave a complete, complimentary scouting report on his skill set.
"His resume speaks for itself," defensive end Robert Quinn said.
That would be 11 seasons, 65.5 sacks, three Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks back in 2013.
Bennett saw limited snaps with the Patriots due in part to scheme fit so far this season. But he still tallied 2.5 sacks in six appearances, including one start.
The Cowboys believe Bennett can be the type of chess piece Tyrone Crawford (injured reserve/hip) provides when healthy – able to play any position on the defensive line.
Adding another proven talent on the defensive line can foster friendly competition within the group.
"It's more just bringing the best out of a person, which makes it exciting because you need someone to push you and never get comfortable with where you're at," Quinn said.
Said linebacker Jaylon Smith, "He plays with edge, tenacity, full confidence in himself. He's never out there doubting. You need that."
The 33-year-old Bennett recorded 3.5 sacks in two games against the Cowboys last season as a member of the Eagles. He's got 7.5 sacks in seven career meetings against Dallas.
And, with all that experience, he'll add a veteran locker room presence to a young, talented group. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence enjoyed visiting with Bennett during the Pro Bowl after the 2017 season.
"Just by the knowledge and what he acquired over his years and being able to bring that here, it's a blessing," Lawrence said.
The Cowboys' defense played its most complete game of the season just before the bye, forcing a season-high four turnovers and limited the Eagles to 10 points in a dominant 27-point win.
The goal is consistency over the final nine games, starting next Monday on the road against the Giants.
"We know the talent we have on the D-Line. Now it's about just going out there and doing it," Quinn said. "We've got all the pieces. It's about going out there and executing. We can sit here and talk a good game all day. You've got to put up or shut up, as they say."