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TE Martellus Bennett - Green Bay Packers

6-6, 259Born: 3-10-1987College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Bennett had some low points including drops and a penalty in Week 2, but injuries to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb could put him in line for a big Week 3 role and maybe beyond.

General News (Wed Sep 20): finished with five catches for 47 yards in a Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons but committed four drops - a problem offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett believes is rooted in fundamentals.

Week 3: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers pass attack amassed 343 passing yards and two touchdowns last week. Rodgers got off to a very sluggish start last week with only 85 passing yards, an interception, and a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the first half. He picked it up in the second half though, especially in the fourth quarter once the game was already well out of hand--amassing 149 yards and both of his touchdowns during this garbage time. Rodgers spread the ball around all night as Davante Adams led the way with eight receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Martellus Bennet was Rodgers most targeted receiver, but only hauled in 5-of-11 targets for 47 yards. Randall Cobb has a solid showing but was forced to exit in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. His status is looking positive for this week though. The big story for the Packers right now is Jordy Nelson's injured quadriceps, forcing him out of last week's game early in the first quarter before amassing a single catch. As of early in the week, it looks like Nelson's status for Week 3 is still up in the air. Cincinnati's defense has been statistically solid against the pass this season, allowing only six yards per pass attempt and 209 total passing yards. Although most of this can be attributed to the Bengals inept offense that made it easy for teams to protect their lead by rushing the ball, this defensive unit actually has actually played well on their limited opportunities to defend against the pass. From a pass-rushing perspective, the Bengals own a 9.8% sack rate--eight highest in the league. Geno Atkins has been solid on the interior of that line, applying consistent pressure on the quarterback--including six pressures and two sacks last week against the Texans. Cornerback is a weakness for the Bengals, but they have a solid safety over the top in Shawn Williams. The Packers offensive as a whole will by far be the Bengals toughest test of the season, as Aaron Rodgers is a mismatch for almost any defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs SEA 67 3 43 0 0 4.3
2 at ATL 62 5 47 0 0 4.7
3 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
3 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
3 vs CIN PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs ATL (11 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Bennett had a brutal game, dropping several balls and getting called for an offensive pass interference penalty which wiped out a big Randall Cobb gain near the end of the first half before things got completely out of hand and the Packers were down by just ten points. Aaron Rodgers was intercepted on the next play (after another penalty) and Falcons quarterback Matt ryan quickly drove down the field for what would be a back-breaking touchdown. While that wasn't Bennett's fault, if he doesn't throw a sloppy pick, the Packers wouldn't have given the ball up at their own 36-yard line.

2017 Week 1 vs SEA (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Bennett had some good moments--a 26-yard reception to ice the game in the fourth quarter--and some bad ones, such as when he drew an unnecessary roughness penalty near the end of the third quarter. For what it's worth, he was protecting Aaron Rodgers, who took a hit while sliding near the sideline and that's one of those penalties most coaches and fans are OK with.


Latest News

Packers | Martellus Bennett struggling with fundamentals? (Tue Sep 19, 10:33 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Martellus Bennett finished with five catches for 47 yards in a Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons but committed four drops - a problem offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett believes is rooted in fundamentals.

Our View: Multiple drops and a pass interference penalty hurt Bennett's production in Week 2. He's got eight receptions for 90 yards over the first two weeks of the season, but fantasy owners were expecting more in a high-powered Packers passing attack. We'll see if Bennett can round into form as the season goes on.
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Packers | Martellus Bennett targeted 11 times (Mon Sep 18, 12:58 AM) - Green Bay Packers TE Martellus Bennett posted five receptions for 47 yards on a game-high 11 targets in Week 2 at Atlanta.

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Packers | Martellus Bennett fined (Sat Sep 16, 09:36 AM) - Green Bay Packers TE Martellus Bennett was fined $9,115 by the National Football League for his unnecessary roughness penalty in Week 1's game against the Seattle Seahawks. He gave LB K.J. Wright a two-handed shove after Wright tackled QB Aaron Rodgers on a fourth-quarter scramble for a first down.

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