If it seems like Michael Bennett almost never comes off the field these days, you’re right.
Bennett was on the field for 43 of 45 snaps in Seattle’s 24-14 win over the Eagles Sunday, which helped boost his season snap count to 83.7 percent.
That’s a pretty big jump from the 57 percent Bennett played last season, which led the Seahawks during a season in which Seattle had a deep defensive line that featured seven players all playing from 46-57 percent of the snaps.
When he met the media today, Bennett said he’s just fine with playing more, and noted that he knew it was coming when he signed a four-year deal that guarantees him $16 million.
“I like playing that much,” Bennett said. “But when they pay you a lot of money, they want you on the field all the time. That’s just how it is. It doesn’t bother me moving around a lot and just trying to make as many plays as I can.”
Bennett’s snap count is the eighth-highest among defensive linemen, according to FootballOutsiders.com.
Bennett also used his time on the podium today to talk about the food drive planned for Sunday’s game.
“I think on Sunday we’re doing a food drive with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission for the community so it would be good if the fans can bring two to three canned goods – to help feed – Christmas spirit time – time of giving back so it would be cool if everybody could bring two to three canned goods for the people – it’s a community effort so as long as everybody comes. If we can get 1% of the 12s to bring some canned goods that would be a special day,” he said.
Asked where fans would know to look, he said: “They can go to Touchdown City – look for a 7-foot poster of three black men – you’ll see a poster of me or Cliff Avril, Kevin Williams or Tony McDaniels, [Brandon] Mebane. Go to that cardboard cutout and drop off those canned goods and we will have some fun.”
You can hear more of what Bennett had to say below: