TE Martellus Bennett - Chicago Bears
|6-6, 259||Born: 3-10-1987||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 2|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Oct 24): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.
General News (Thu Oct 23): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 22): did not practice on Wednesday. Bennett said he expects to practice Thursday, Oct. 23, and play in Week 8.
Week 8: at New England Patriots
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Jay Cutler had a rough game vs. Miami, with 21/34 for 190 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, and three sacks taken for -18 yards. Though Alshon Jeffery (seven targets for 2/9/0 receiving) and Brandon Marshall (10 for 6/48/0) saw plenty of passes last week, there was reportedly an altercation between Cutler and his star receivers after the 14-27 loss. Martellus Bennett chipped in five receptions for 58 yards receiving and Matt Forte handled the TD pass with seven targets for 6/60/1. We'll see if the airing of differences helps get Cutler and company back in synch for week 8. The Patriots' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging 208.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 18 sacks (tied-10th) generated to date. Geno Smith was limited to 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD with zero interceptions, while the defensive front caused three sacks for -21 yards of offense. Two games back, Kyle Orton threw 24/38 for 268 net yards, two TDs and one interception, while being sacked five times for -31 yards. However, on Tuesday the news broke out of Boston that Chandler Jones has a hip injury that may cost him a month of games - Jones is the Patriots' best pass rusher, so Cutler has caught a break for this game. Keep an eye on the Patriots Wednesday injury report on forwards, and remember that the Patriots play games with those reports - bottom line is that it looks like Jones is out for this game. This is a tough matchup for Cutler and company, though not as tough as it was when Jones was still expected to be in the lineup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Bennett is having his best season as a professional football player. He's tied for first in targets (42), second in receptions (32), second in yards (312) and second in touchdowns (4). Sadly, though, the majority of those numbers came in weeks prior to Sunday's game against Carolina. Bennett faced a tough matchup against Carolina linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, as well as safeties Roman Harper and Thomas DeCoud. It's easily the toughest matchup he's seen all season long, and the reason why he caught a season-low three passes on five targets for 17 yards. Bennett still is a very, very viable threat, but we've now seen the opposition exploit his some weaknesses in his game. Bennett still has hills to climb before he's considered one of the NFL's best, but he's come a long way since joining the Bears last season. Don't sell on Bennett because Sunday's performance. The Black Unicorn is going to get his before it's all said and done.
2014 Week 6 vs ATL (8 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
After catching 11 passes in the Bears' Week 4 loss to Green Bay, Bennett only has caught seven total passes in the two games since. Bennett finished Sunday's game with four catches on eight targets for 52 yards. The tight end also dropped two passes, both of which would have gone for 10-plus yards and first downs. Despite the drops, Bennett isn't playing any differently than he had been earlier in the season; the same play that led him to catching 29 passes on 37 targets for 295 yards and four touchdowns over the first four weeks. What's different is the health of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Prior to Sunday, Cutler had been wearing out the middle of the field by targeting Matt Forte and Bennett on short-yardage attempts. Opposing teams started to game plan around it, too. But now that both receivers are healthy(ish), Cutler no longer needs to depend solely on the middle of the field to move the ball. Once Cutler re-establishes the vertical game with Marshall and Jeffery, the middle of the field will once again open up for Bennett to do work.
2014 Week 7 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Bennett is one of the more consistent producers in the Bears' offense. He added another five catches and 58 yards Sunday to his season total. Jay Cutler attempted 17 passes that were within nine yards of the line of scrimmage, which is right where Bennett usually runs his routes. As long as the Bears' offense continues to take this "small ball" approach, Bennett's numbers will remain consistent. The tight end failed to reach the end zone for the third straight week; while Matt Forte has five total touchdowns in the same stretch of games. What's amazing about this is that Forte had zero touchdowns in the first four weeks of the season; while Bennett had four in as many games. Kind of seems like Bennett's production surges as Forte's dips and vice versa.
Latest NewsBears | Martellus Bennett probable (Fri Oct 24, 04:56 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8. link to story Bears | Martellus Bennett practices (Thu Oct 23, 02:07 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Our View: Good news for Bennett owners, though with that locker room who knows what might happen. We do expect Bennett to put up borderline TE1 numbers this week against New England. but keep your expectations humble.
link to story Bears | Martellus Bennett expects to play (Wed Oct 22, 04:01 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) said he expects to practice Thursday, Oct. 23, and play in Week 8. Bennett missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. link to story Bears | Martellus Bennett does not practice (Wed Oct 22, 02:44 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Our View: Check back to see if Bennett can practice later in the week. The team should wisely be cautious with Bennett as he deals with this injury.
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