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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
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Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) returned to Patriots practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.
Bennett is fully expected to play against the Rams. With Rob Gronkowski (back) out indefinitely, Bennett will be a TE1 this week and every week going forward. Bennett will be hit and miss, but he's a legit top 10-12 option. Dec 1 - 4:47 PM

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Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) didn't practice on Wednesday.

We knew Bennett was dealing with an ankle injury but the shoulder issue is news to us. Rob Gronkowski (back) didn't practice either. New England's tight ends are undeniably banged up, though it's too early to speculate on either player's status for Week 13. For what it's worth, Bennett vowed to play through his injuries earlier this week.
Nov 30 - 7:56 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle) said he will be "ready to go" Week 13 against the Rams.

Bennett has been hampered by an ankle injury since Week 5 which appears to have gotten worst the last couple weeks. With Rob Gronkowski leaving early with a back injury, however, Bennett had to gut through the issue against the Jets, and it sounds like he is ready to do the same against the Rams. Bennett will almost certainly miss practice time this week, but he should be tentatively expected to play.
Nov 28 - 9:01 AM

Martellus Bennett secured three-of-five targets for 22 yards Sunday in the Patriots' Week 12 win over the Jets.

Bennett was bothered by a right ankle injury on Sunday, but had to tough it out with Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined. When Bennett needed a breather, the Patriots used backup tackle Cameron Fleming at tight end. Bennett should be fine to play next week against the Rams, but he’ll be a risky fantasy option at less than 100 percent.
Nov 27 - 9:19 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Martellus Bennett (questionable, ankle) is expected to play in Week 12 against the Jets.

Bennett didn't practice much this week, but his status wasn't in doubt. Despite a plus matchup, he's not in a great spot with Rob Gronkowski returning. Bennett should be downgraded to a TE2.
Nov 27 - 8:35 AM

Martellus Bennett (ankle) returned to Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Jets.

Bennett was given Thursday off. The fact that he returned on Friday bodes well for his Week 12 availability. With Rob Gronkowski (lung) looking unlikely to play against the Jets, Bennett is in a bounce-back spot after last week's clunker.
Nov 25 - 4:14 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle) returned to practice Friday.

He was downgraded to DNP on Thursday. He'll surely be limited and listed as questionable for Sunday against the Jets. If he plays and if Rob Gronkowski (lung) sits, Bennett will be a bounce-back TE1 option.
Nov 25 - 12:00 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle) was downgraded to "DNP" in Thursday's practice.

This being the Patriots, it's hard to know what it means. Mid-week downgrades are rarely good news, but coach Bill Belichick could just be managing Bennett's reps in unorthodox fashion. Hopefully we gain some clarity on Friday.
Nov 24 - 3:26 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Bennett has been showing up on the injury report for weeks but hasn't missed a game. He'll be a TE1 this week if Rob Gronkowski (chest) remains sidelined. If Gronk gets the green light, Bennett will be downgraded to merely a TE2.
Nov 23 - 5:36 PM

Martellus Bennett absorbed one-of-two targets for 14 yards Sunday in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the 49ers.

In a dream spot against the pitiful 49ers and without Rob Gronkowski (chest), Bennett fell flat on his face. With mercurial Bill Belichick calling the shots, these things tend to happen. Bennett spent most of the game blocking and wasn’t even targeted until the third quarter. With Gronkowski only expected to miss one game, Bennett should recede into the TE2 mix next week against the Jets.
Nov 20 - 8:27 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots are making impending free agent Martellus Bennett an "offseason priority."

Bennett has settled in nicely in New England, blocking well and catching 38 passes for 504 yards and four touchdowns in seven games. It is a bit surprisingly Bennett would be a "priority," however, considering how many big free agents the Patriots have on defense. Still, Bennett allows them to run the offense the way they like while offering insurance for Rob Gronkowski. That is certainly valuable.
Nov 20 - 8:32 AM

Martellus Bennett (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Bennett isn't injured. He'll be a TE1 in Rob Gronkowski's absence Sunday.
Nov 17 - 4:56 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Bennett's ankle was a non-issue in Week 10. With Rob Gronkowski looking questionable, Bennett's in a good spot this week against the 49ers' secondary.
Nov 16 - 5:32 PM

Martellus Bennett caught seven passes for 102 yards in Week 10 against Seattle.

Bennett played a bigger role with Chris Hogan (back) not fully healthy. He led New England in receiving and saw more targets than Rob Gronkowski (6). It's a needed breakout after Bennett had faded the last few weeks. Bennett is on the TE1 map for a Week 11 matchup with the 49ers.
Nov 14 - 12:59 AM

Martellus Bennett (ankle) is questionable for Week 10 against the Seahawks.

Bennett was limited at practice this week, just as he's been for most of the season. He'll be good to go for Sunday Night Football, but Bennett is nothing more than a TE2 now that Rob Gronkowski is back at full strength.
Nov 11 - 4:25 PM

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QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Jacoby Brissett
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3Dion Lewis
4Brandon Bolden
5D.J. Foster
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3RB1James White
2Dion Lewis
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Malcolm Mitchell
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Tre' Jackson
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski