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Week 2 vs. DAL
Receiving: 5 / 29 / 0 on 6 targets
Bennett supplanted Devin Aromoshodu as the Bears possession receiver against the Cowboys and he took full advantage of the opportunity. Bennett's five catches did not produce much in terms of yardage but he did help keep the Dallas front seven honest so that Jay Cutler could work the ball further downfield on later plays. Bennett was able to use his body to shield defenders on short routes and screen passes. Bennett's route running has improved from last season, but he still lacks the footwork and quickness in his cuts to create much separation from the defender. As a result, his ability to get yards after the catch was almost non-existent against the Cowboys.
Week 4 vs. NYG
Receiving: 4 / 26 / 0 on 5 targets
Bennett lined up in the slot and made a few catches on quick passes over the middle but that was it.
Week 5 vs. CAR
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 1 targets
Bennett's sole catch of the game came near the goal line on 3rd down on a drive that the Bears had to settle for a field goal on. In a game where the Bears were very much in control and riding the hot hand in Forte, Bennett's appearances were few and far between as they rarely went to a three wide set.
Week 6 vs. SEA
Receiving: 3 / 55 / 0 on 6 targets
Bennett is a nice reliable hands catching target for Cutler
in this offense, but will remain off the box score most weeks due to
the nature of this offense. He is not the downfield threat that Cutler
and Martz love, so he only catches short to intermediate routes. He
has good quickness to play in the slot or run short routes, but lacks
speed to beat out Knox or Hester in this offense.
Week 7 vs. WAS
Receiving: 4 / 76 / 0 on 5 targets
Bennett has taken over as the Bears second receiver, a role previously thought to be given to Devin Hester or Devin Aromashadu. Bennett is being targeted downfield on post routes and deep out patterns. Bennett's emergence in the offense is likely due to his improved hands; he caught four of the five balls that came his way against the Redskins including a 48 yard gain that was his best catch of the day. On the play, Bennett lined up on the right side of the line and broke between the corner and linebacker on a go route, catching the ball in stride near the 20 yard line. He ran to the goalline but was ruled down at the 1 yard line. Unfortunately, quarterback Jay Cutler fumbled on the next play giving up a fantastic scoring opportunity for the Bears.
Week 9 vs. BUF
Rushing: 1 / 5 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 52 / 1 on 5 targets
Bennett was targeted six times on the day including twice near the end zone. The first pass went incomplete thanks to Bills linebacker Reggie Torbor breaking up the pass. The second was a short out pattern to the corner of the end zone that went for six. Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin was actually called for an illegal use of hands penalty (against Bennett) but, naturally, it was declined. Bennett was tied for second-most targets on the day (along with Matt Forte and Johnny Knox). This was largely due to the game-plan which, despite any real success on the ground, was a run-heavy plan with multiple shots over the middle to both Bennett (in the slot) and tight end Greg Olsen.
Week 10 vs. MIN
Rushing: 1 / 4 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 21 / 0 on 7 targets
Bennett is a reliable chain mover and possession target for Cutler that will not drop passes, and will gladly serve as a check down target. Bennett did just this for the Bears and will have to be content in this role as Cutler looks further downfield often to his other more talented targets.
Week 11 vs. MIA
Receiving: 1 / 13 / 0 on 3 targets
Is a slower version of Johnny Knox. He runs sharp routes though and is in the right spot but Bennett has no speed whatsoever. He was pretty much a nonfactor this week but Chicago stopped throwing the ball and started leaning on Forte heavily.
Week 12 vs. PHI
Receiving: 4 / 56 / 2 on 5 targets
Earl Bennett took advantage of a short-staffed Philadelphia secondary to have his best career game, catching four passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Bennett ran a simple slant in for a 10-yard score early in the contest and later followed it up with another Red Zone catch for his second touchdown just prior to halftime. Bennett has been getting targets of late in the Red Zone and has some upside in touchdown leagues but his targets are very up and down all year, making him a risky weekly fantasy starter.
Week 13 vs. DET
Receiving: 7 / 104 / 0 on 8 targets
Bennett exploded onto the fantasy scene with a 2 TD performance last week, and any owners that were brave enough to start him this week were rewarded with the best performance of his career. Cutler had very little time, and his chemistry with Bennett led him to look Earl's way 7 times. Bennett caught all 7 passes and went over 100 yards. Most of the passes were quick slants and throws that Bennett caught and ran with. Bennett showed good speed, and fought hard after each catch for every yard that he could. Bennett certainly is a receiver to keep an eye on in future weeks. He has undeniable chemistry with Cutler, and seems to be getting single coverage with the attention being given to Knox.
Week 14 vs. NE
Receiving: 3 / 53 / 0 on 7 targets
Bennett got the majority of his yards when the game was far out of reach, but he still showed the ability to get open down the field, and Cutler continues to trust him. Bennett has become Cutler's go-to guy over the last month, and he continues to improve. Bennett has played his way into many owner's lineups, as he continues to get targets on a team that loves to throw. His chemistry with Cutler is undeniable, and he has a knack for getting open.
Week 15 vs. MIN
Receiving: 3 / 37 / 0 on 4 targets
He's a possession receiver and I think his time is short in the NFL. I say that because he is almost no threat to break a play off and make a big gain it seems. He does run nice hook patterns and settles into the soft zones of the defense but overall he lacks any big play capability for his owners. Not a guy I would want to have a big stake in competing in dynasty leagues. He had a decent game last night but I also noticed he was not on the field all the time.
Week 16 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 4 targets
Bennett was unable to do much in this game. He left at hafltime after aggravating an ankle injury which had kept him out of practice part of the week. He returned but was inneffective and Cutler and he seemed to be out of sync for the second half.
Week 19 vs. SEA
Rushing: 1 / 9 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 13 / 0 on 4 targets
Earl Bennett got a wildcat snap early on out of the "Wild Bear" but failed to follow his blocks correctly or he could easily have walked in to the end zone. Bennett came up big on a crucial third down for Cutler, once again finding the weakness in the zone and exploiting it.
Week 20 vs. GB
Rushing: 1 / -2 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 45 / 1 on 5 targets
Bennett was Caleb Hanie's main man on his no-huddle scoring drive to pull the Bears within seven at 21-14, with a terrific move after the catch to get free for his 35-yard TD. Bennett's number was also called on the third-down end-around that was the Bears penultimate play on offense.