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Martellus Bennett | Tight End | #88

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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 hauled in all three of his targets for 15 yards in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.
Bennett has settled right back into New England's offense with three catches in each of his first two games back. Perhaps he breaks out for more at some point, but he is not going to be a realistic fantasy option as long as Rob Gronkowski is healthy. Nov 19 - 7:43 PM

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Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) is questionable for Week 11 against the Raiders.

Bennett looks on track to play after a limited week of practice. He played only seven snaps in his first game with the Patriots, but should see his role increase. Bennett is just a touchdown-dependent streamer.
Nov 17 - 5:07 PM

Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Bennett might not get in a single "full" practice as a Patriot. He will be out there as a last-gasp TE2 against the Raiders.
Nov 16 - 7:17 PM

Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Bennett played through his shoulder injury Sunday, but saw only seven snaps. He didn't have any setbacks, though he's now dealing with a hamstring issue. Bennett looks on track to play against the Raiders this week.
Source: ESPN Boston
Nov 15 - 7:59 PM

Martellus Bennett pulled in three catches for 38 yards on three targets Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 10 win over the Broncos.

Bennett only played seven snaps but still made his presence felt in his return to the Patriots following a tumultuous stint in Green Bay. Most of his yardage came on a 27-yard catch-and-run during the first quarter. Bennett only practiced once this week and is still dealing with a bad shoulder, which explains his light workload on Sunday. His role should expand, though he’s still behind Rob Gronkowski and probably just a TE2 for fantasy purposes. Bennett faces the Raiders in Mexico City next week.
Nov 13 - 12:32 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Martellus Bennett (questionable, shoulder) is expected to play Week 10 against the Broncos.

He's only been on New England's roster for three days and was limited by a torn rotator cuff at Friday's practice. Despite these obstacles, Bennett, who won a Super Bowl with the Pats last season, is expected to see the field Sunday night in Denver. Injured and playing behind Rob Gronkowski, Bennett won't be a recommended fantasy play in Week 10.
Nov 12 - 12:27 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Packers are trying to recoup Martellus Bennett's $6.3 million signing bonus after failing to disclose a shoulder injury upon signing.

Per Rapsheet, it's unclear if the Packers are seeking his full signing bonus or just the prorated $4.2 million from Bennett's three-year, $21 million contract. Bennett, who is reportedly dealing with a torn rotator cuff, defended himself on social media with a series of Instagram posts earlier this week, claiming the Packers examined his shoulder and cleared him upon signing. Now with the Patriots, Bennett is questionable for Sunday night's game in Denver.
Nov 12 - 9:30 AM

Martellus Bennett (shoulder) is questionable for Week 10 against the Broncos.

He was limited at Friday's practice. This would be a pretty short turnaround for Bennett, who was dropped by the Packers on Wednesday and claimed off waivers by New England a day later. He knows the offense, but we're guessing the Pats will err on the side of caution by sitting him this week. When healthy, he'll serve as Rob Gronkowski's backup while also seeing time in two tight-end sets.
Nov 10 - 4:00 PM

Martellus Bennett (shoulder) was seen warming up at Friday's practice.

Beat writer Nora Princiotti of the Boston Globe didn't see Bennett doing anything "strenuous" during the open portion of Friday's practice, though his presence would suggest he passed his physical. It's unclear if he'll be available for Sunday's game at Denver. New England claimed Bennett off waivers Thursday one day after he was cut by Green Bay.
Nov 10 - 1:48 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports new Patriots TE Martellus Bennett has a torn rotator cuff but may try to play through it.

Claimed off waivers by New England on Thursday, Bennett was let go by the Packers with a failure to disclose medical condition designation. Word out of Green Bay is that Bennett also may have forced his way out of town following the Aaron Rodgers injury and subsequent downward spiral of the team. It's understandable for a 30-year-old who said he's retiring after the season. Bennett has always been one to play through injury, so this one likely won't be any different.
Nov 10 - 10:08 AM

Patriots claimed TE Martellus Bennett off waivers from the Packers.

It means most of the league passed on the 30-year-old tight end, but the Pats weren't going to miss an opportunity to upgrade behind Rob Gronkowski. Dwayne Allen has been a ghost as Bennett's replacement as the Pats' No. 2 tight end. Bennett, of course, was having a rough year in Green Bay even before Aaron Rodgers went down, but had one of the best seasons of his career with the Pats in 2016. Gronk is healthy, but Bennett will offer low-end TE2 appeal. His Week 10 status is uncertain as he battles a shoulder issue.
Nov 9 - 4:17 PM

ESPN Boston views the Patriots as a potential fit for free agent TE Martellus Bennett.

Bennett had a career-high seven touchdowns with New England last year. The Patriots have struggled in the red-zone and could have interest in bringing him back. With Dwayne Allen not doing much behind Rob Gronkowski, Bennett could provide an upgrade in two-tight end sets. Bennett has only $724K remaining on his 2017 salary, so his contract shouldn't be an issue.
Source: ESPN Boston
Nov 8 - 7:24 PM

Packers released TE Martellus Bennett with a failure to disclose a medical condition designation.

Bennett was having a down year, catching just 24 passes through seven games. He missed Week 9 with a shoulder injury and was ruled out for Sunday. Bennett plans to retire after the season, but he'll be exposed to waivers and could finish out 2017 with another team. The Packers have already paid Bennett $8 million, but the designation could allow them to get out of the rest of his contract.
Nov 8 - 5:22 PM

Martellus Bennett (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 10 against the Bears.

He won't get to face his former team. Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks split the work in Bennett's place this past Monday night against the Lions. Bennett is still undergoing tests on his shoulder issue. His presence will be missed in blocking assignments, where Bennett is one of the best.
Nov 8 - 1:57 PM

Martellus Bennett (shoulder) is inactive for Week 9 against the Lions on Monday night.

Bennett was listed as doubtful after he injured his shoulder Tuesday. Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks will handle tight end work for the Packers. Also inactive for Green Bay are CB Donatello Brown, LB Joe Thomas, LB Ahmad Brooks, OT Ulrick John, OL Adam Pankey, and DT Quinton Dial. The Packers will have CB Damarious Randall (hamstring) and LG Lane Taylor (ankle).
Nov 6 - 7:02 PM

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