Michael Bennett is my kind of guy — he says what he means and means what he says. After the Seattle Seahawks traded for Jimmy Graham, you may have assumed that Graham would take back these comments he made about the star tight end.
“Nobody likes Jimmy Graham. I think he’s one of the softest players in the NFL,” Bennett said. “I think he’s overrated and I really don’t like him as a person or as a player. … When he’s not in the game he’s not in the game. He doesn’t help on the blocking plays. I think he’s just overrated.”
Bennett didn’t budge one inch towards taking back those quotes, and even elaborated on them more — while talking with ESPN 710 in Seattle.
“I still feel the same way,” Bennett said. “Just because he’s on my team I don’t stop feeling that way. Obviously I’m going to be a better teammate to him because he’s on my team. I can’t do the things I was doing to him when we were playing him. But obviously when he comes to our team he’s a part of our team so we have a different philosophy than they had with the Saints so the things he was expected to do with the Saints are going to be different when he comes here. Obviously we are a running team so he is going to have to block and do all those things. I don’t feel as harsh as I did at the time because he’s my teammate now but at the time he was on time opposite team and were pretty good and we battled with him a couple of times and I didn’t really like that too much.”
It’s on Graham to now prove Bennett wrong, or sink in Seattle.