In the midst of the Seattle Seahawks attempting to reach their third consecutive Super Bowl, defensive end Michael Bennett is having one his best seasons ever. He recorded 10 sacks this season, the most of his career, to go along with 33 tackles and two forced fumbles. Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network recently said that Bennett is “outside of J. J. Watt, the single most disruptive defensive lineman in this league.”
One part of Bennett’s game that makes him so effective is his ability to break out of his defensive stance and explode off the line toward the ballcarrier. On one play during the Seahawks’ narrow defeat of the Minnesota Vikings in last week’s Wild Card round, Bennett shed three consecutive blockers to lunge at running back Adrian Peterson, and Bennett’s penetration allowed other Seahawks defenders bring Peterson down behind the line of scrimmage.
The secret to Bennett’s spectacular burst off the line? The beach. Bennett spent the past off-season performing speed drills in the sands of Hawaii, and he says that work contributed greatly to his success this season. As the Seahawks get set to take on the Carolina Panthers in their stiffest test yet, you can be sure Bennett will garner a lot of attention from the Panthers offensive line.