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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 caught 2-of-3 targets for 10 yards in New England's Week 3 win over the Texans, adding a six-yard rush.
Bennett also drew two defensive pass interference penalties in the end zone, though neither play was particularly close to a touchdown. His rush was an end around. Bennett out-snapped and out-targeted Rob Gronkowski in his 2016 debut, but that's unlikely to remain the case in Week 4. Bennett is a TE2 with a low floor. Sep 23 - 12:03 AM

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Martellus Bennett caught 5-of-6 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown in New England's Week 2 win over the Dolphins.

Bennett ran free down the seam on his 20-yard touchdown grab from Jimmy Garoppolo in the first quarter. Most of his yards came on two safe screens from No. 3 QB Jacoby Brissett. With Brissett likely to be under center for Thursday Night Football against the Texans, Bennett will be a low-floor, high-ceiling TE2 if Rob Gronkowski remains sidelined.
Sep 18 - 5:04 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran expects Martellus Bennett to mostly help out as a blocker again in Week 2 versus the Dolphins.

Bennett saw just four targets in the Week 1 win over the Cardinals, even with Rob Gronkowski inactive. He was asked to block on 43-of-69 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, which explains why he didn't have much of a pass-game role. Bennett is shaping up as a mid-range TE2 this week.
Sep 16 - 12:50 PM

Martellus Bennett nabbed three-of-five targets for 14 yards in the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Cardinals.

It was an inauspicious debut for Bennett. His longest catch went for just five yards and he stalled a drive with a costly holding penalty in the fourth quarter. With Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) expected to return against Miami next week, Bennett likely blew his best shot for a big fantasy week. Bennett will still get work in two tight-end sets but he's just a TE2 in fantasy.
Sep 12 - 12:10 AM

Martellus Bennett will be the Patriots' starting tight end in Week 1 at Arizona.

Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) was ruled out, locking in Bennett as one of Jimmy Garoppolo's top targets. As Julian Edelman will have his hands full with Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, Bennett should have a chance to lead New England in Week 1 targets. Last year's Cardinals defense allowed the sixth most receptions in the league to tight ends. James White will also play a big role in the passing game with checkdown artist Garoppolo at quarterback.
Sep 10 - 9:19 PM

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

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jimmy Garoppolo
2Jacoby Brissett
3Tom Brady
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3Brandon Bolden
4D.J. Foster
5Dion Lewis
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Malcolm Mitchell
3Da'Ron Brown
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3AJ Derby
4Clay Harbor
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Jonathan Cooper
3Tre' Jackson
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski