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Eagles’ Michael Bennett Discusses Reduced Role

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Philadelphia Eagles veteran defensive end Michael Bennett is facing a lot of change during his first season with the Eagles, after being a key component for the Seattle Seahawks, and a reduced role is something he has had to adjust to.

“You always want to play more,” Bennett said, according to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “It think it’s always a test of character when you have to reinvent yourself and do something you’re not comfortable with or find some comfort in it when you’re uncomfortable.”

Bennett hasn’t only had to face a reduction in snaps, but also being lined up on the opposite side than he is accustomed to rushing from.

“I mean, we’re 2-2 so the most important thing is not my individual stats or individual playing time” Bennett stated.

“It’s really about the wins. Obviously, we want to be in a situation where we’re 4-0 or at least 3-1. For me, it’s just about winning. That’s the true test of character, how many Ws we can get.”

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Falcons’ Calvin Ridley Suffers Bone Bruise

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The Atlanta Falcons are breathing a sigh of relief after an MRI on the injured left ankle of rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley came back clean, leading the team to believe that he simply has a bone bruise.

According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, Ridley’s status for their Week 7 game against the New York Giants is currently up in the air, and the Falcons will me monitoring how he responds to rehab ahead of next week’s Monday Night tilt.

Ridley is off to an impressive start to his career, hauling in 22 catches for 349 receiving yards and a league leading 6 receiving touhdowns.

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Vikings Place Mike Hughes On IR

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The Minnesota Vikings are placing first-round pick cornerback Mike Hughes on injured reserve after he tore his ACL during Minnesota’s Week 6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

The Vikings hope Hughes, whose rookie contract runs through the 2021 season with a fifth-year option in place for 2022, can be healthy in time for the start of the 2019 regular season as he will miss the remainder of this year.

 

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Buccaneers Fire Mike Smith

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are one of the NFL’s worst defenses thus far in the 2018 regular season, have  fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith following their Week 6 loss, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Smith, who was made the NFL’s highest-paid DC after signing with the Bucs in 2016 following his stint as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, will be replaced, at least temporarily, by linebackers coach Mike Duffner, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

To illustrate just how bad the Bucs defense is, Tampa Bay is on pace to give up the most points in NFL history, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.

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