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Martellus Bennett | Tight End | #88

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 275
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (61) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Martellus Bennett was held catch-less on four targets Friday night against the Panthers.
Tom Brady just overthrew Bennett in the end zone in the first quarter, and he was late on what would have been a long gain to the tight end later in the game. Despite the quiet night, it is clear Bennett will play a big role this season. He is as good a TE2 flier as any. Aug 26 - 10:36 PM

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Martellus Bennett caught 2-of-2 targets for 26 yards in the Patriots' second preseason game Thursday night.

Through two preseason contests, Bennett has secured 5-of-6 targets for 59 yards. All of his production has come via Jimmy Garoppolo, who will open the season as New England's starting quarterback. All signs continue to point toward Bennett being a near-every-down player in the Patriots' 2016 offense.
Aug 18 - 9:38 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots could use two tight ends on 80 percent of their offensive snaps.

That would be an incredibly high number, but it might be the plan with both Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett in the fold. Gronk is always going to get his, but that kind of usage could allow Bennett to be in the TE1 conversation as well. For what it is worth, Reiss expects Bennett to better the 60/600/6 line ESPN currently has projected.
Source: ESPN
Aug 18 - 12:38 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said "there’s really not a whole lot" TE Martellus Bennett can't do.

"He’s a big player, he’s talented, blocks well, runs well, he has got skills in the passing game and the running game," Belichick said. "He handles the formations and adjustments and things like that, which are a big part of our offense at that position. He handles those well, and it’s been pretty easy." Many veterans have struggled to adjust to the Patriots' system, but it does not appear as if Bennett has had any trouble. While his usage could be unpredictable, Bennett should have as much weekly upside as anyone in the mid-range to low-end TE1 tier.
Source: NESN
Aug 16 - 8:36 AM

Appearing on Mike Clay's Sirius show, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss made it sound like the Patriots will use two-tight end sets as their base offense.

The Pats used a "12 personnel" formation when they had Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski in the early 2010s, and Reiss stated Gronk and Martellus Bennett could end up playing "not far off from ALL the snaps" together. The two-tight end formation would mean less playing time for New England's wideout corps behind Julian Edelman. Reiss also said he expects Bennett to be "heavy involved" on goal-line plays, giving Martellus an attractive TD-scoring outlook.
Aug 2 - 11:43 AM

Rob Gronkowski said Martellus Bennett has "came in and picked up the playbook very well."

The biggest hurdle Patriots newcomers have to clear is the playbook in order to earn Tom Brady's trust. According to Gronkowski, Bennett has been able to do that. On the first day of training camp Thursday, all three of Brady, Gronk, and Bennett took time away to go to a side field to work on red-zone plays, and it's becoming abundantly clear that this is going to be the foundation of the offense when it gets into scoring position. Bennett looks like a value at his TE16 ADP.
Jul 29 - 10:50 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss predicts Martellus Bennett will be a "big factor" in the Patriots' 2016 offense.

A sometimes malcontent in Dallas and Chicago, Bennett has had the right attitude at Patriots spring workouts as "usually the first tight end through drills" and "one of the more impressive players on the field." The Patriots are nursing a multitude of injuries at wide receiver, and could conceivably make two-tight end sets their base offense this year. Rob Gronkowski and Bennett can both block and are New England's two most imposing targets in the passing game.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 15 - 6:44 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said Martellus Bennett worked one-on-one with Tom Brady in the red zone during practice Tuesday.

Considering almost the exact same report was made about Scott Chandler last season, it is wise to take this news with a bit of salt. Bennett should be more involved in the offense than Chandler, but his target upside will be capped as long as Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman are healthy. With his exact usage an unknown, Bennett has a wide range of outcomes as a fantasy commodity.
Jun 7 - 2:19 PM

According to WEEI Boston, Martellus Bennett is "gaining early entry into Tom Brady's circle of trust."

Bennett has spent part of OTAs working off to the side with Brady and a small group of other passing-game personnel. Of course, reporter Christopher Price notes Scott Chandler did something similar last year before going on to bomb during the regular season. Bennett is coming off a head-case campaign where the Bears had "pervasive doubts" about his commitment, but he seems to understand the stakes are higher in New England this year. Bennett is a very intriguing fantasy pick in New England. His ADP is in the double-digit rounds.
Source: WEEI Boston
May 26 - 4:15 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears had "pervasive doubts" about Martellus Bennett's commitment.

Per reporter Dan Wiederer, Bennett offered "minimal effort to conform to the unselfish and focus-driven culture" the Bears are trying to instill under coach John Fox. Wiederer also confirms Bennett's late season ribs injury, which landed him on injured reserve for four games, was essentially a sham. In the end, the sides' divorce boiled down to the fact that Bennett wanted a better contract and the Bears were dead set against it. So is life for a player in a league where teams monopolize the negotiating power with non-guaranteed deals.
Mar 17 - 9:40 PM

Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski lead all tight ends in yards after contact since 2013.

Gronk is No. 1, with Bennett close behind. Bennett showed signs of decline last season — he missed five games with injury while averaging an anemic 8.3 yards per catch — but could bounce back as a big part of the Patriots' offense. Bennett just turned 29, and is a proven playmaker who scored at least five touchdowns every year between 2012-14. Bennett could be a low-end TE1 even with Gronk being the focal point of the Patriots' offense.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 17 - 2:19 PM

Patriots acquired TE Martellus Bennett and a sixth-round pick from the Bears in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

Chicago shopped Bennett all offseason and finally found a taker in New England. It's essentially a one-year flyer for the Patriots, who absorb Bennett's $5.1 million salary. Bennett gives Bill Belichick a complement to Rob Gronkowski for the first time since Aaron Hernandez. His addition reduces Danny Amendola's role, with the Patriots likely moving to more TE-heavy sets. Bennett struggled with injuries last year, but is a strong bounce-back candidate in New England. Still only 29 years old, Bennett's addition should improve both the Patriots' run and pass games, as he is an adept blocker. New England will be able to line up Bennett (6'6/259) and Gronk (6'6/264) in red-zone sets. The rich get richer.
Mar 16 - 7:19 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Bears are "shopping" Martellus Bennett.

This is pretty widely known, but we haven't had a Rotoworld blurb on Bennett since last weekend, so it's worth reiterating. Bennett's trade market has been quiet to this point. It could pick up as the free agent market dies down.
Mar 10 - 4:28 PM

NJ Advance Media's Dom Cosentino does not expect the Jets to pursue a trade for Bears TE Martellus Bennett.

The Jets and Bears worked out a deal for Brandon Marshall prior to free agency last offseason, but the Jets were in a much better salary-cap position. Bennett's $5.085 million salary is likely too much to take on, and he will likely be priced out of their market even if he is released prior to free agency. New York should look towards cheaper free agents and the draft to shore up the tight end spot.
Mar 5 - 12:07 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, "some around the NFL doubt" the Bears will be able to trade Martellus Bennett.

Biggs "fully expect(s)" the Bears to release Bennett if they can't find a trade partner. Bennett wore out his welcome in Chicago, "increasingly frustrating coaches and teammates" before the Bears' Thanksgiving game against the Packers, and was ruled inactive for that game. Bears GM Ryan Pace did well to get a sixth-round pick for Jared Allen ahead of last year's trade deadline. It sounds like he'd do well again to get anything in exchange for Bennett.
Mar 4 - 10:30 AM

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2James White
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2Brandon Bolden
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2Danny Amendola
3Keshawn Martin
4Chris Harper
5Devin Lucien
WR21Malcolm Mitchell
2Chris Hogan
3Aaron Dobson
4DeAndre Carter
WR31Chris Hogan
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3AJ Derby
4Clay Harbor
5Bryce Williams
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2LaAdrian Waddle
3Cameron Fleming
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2Josh Kline
3Chris Barker
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