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TE Martellus Bennett - New England Patriots

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 5): If Bennett was healthy, we'd probably be singing his praises as a strong TE1 with Rob Gronkowski out. Instead, he is hobbling around and still inducing us to play him while he posts meager stat lines. He probably isn't going to get healthier playing through his ankle injury and might be droppable.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs SEA 44 7 102 0 0 10.2
11 at SF 73 1 14 0 0 1.4
12 at NYJ 58 3 22 0 0 2.6
13 vs LA 54 2 4 0 0 0.4
14 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 13 vs LA (4 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Though many were expecting a huge game from Bennett due to Gronk's injury, that wasn't the case. Bennett blocked often, and the Patriots used more 2 back and 3 receiver sets, limiting his target volume. Bennett may also still be stinging from some injuries. Expect his passing game role to swing wildly from game to game going forward.

2016 Week 11 vs SF (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

A golden opportunity for Bennett this week in a choice matchup (49ers) and Rob Gronkowski out of the lineup turned into a dude performance. Bennett did not see a target until the mid-second quarter when a slant route pass went right through his hands. Bennett finally got on the board with an inconsequential out route in the second half. Without red zone opportunities and just two targets, Bennett was the big disappointment for a Patriots offense putting up 30 points and four touchdowns in the road win.

2016 Week 10 vs SEA (7 / 7 / 102 / 0 rec)

Bennett was one of the few players on the Patriots who showed up to play against the Seahawks, taking short passes and often turning them into chunk gains. Bennett looked like Gronk's brother out there, shedding defenders, blocking well, and more. Though his involvement varies from week to week, the Patriots would be wise to continue to use him in the fashion they did against the Seahawks and letting him work after the catch.

2016 Week 8 vs BUF (5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Bennett blocked quite a bit on the day, and as a result, his stat line was fairly muted. This may be a theme for Bennett on several occasions.

2016 Week 7 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

A fairly quiet day for Bennett, who spent much of the afternoon blocking for a Patriots team that turned run heavy against the Steelers. Better days can be expected for the big tight end.

2016 Week 6 vs CIN (5 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Bennett didn't have the big day he did last week, but was lucky to escape without injury after a low cheap shot by Vontaze Burfict. He saw several targets on the day, but most were short or intermediate as Rob Gronkowski dominated deep balls. Bennett blocked well, as usual, and forms a formidable tight end duo with Gronk.

2016 Week 5 vs CLE (8 / 6 / 67 / 3 rec)

Bennett put on a show, catching all of Tom Brady's touchdown passes. His first touchdown was a comical walk-in off a play action, where Bennett literally walked into the end zone after being wide open. His second was a nifty catch in heavy traffic that many players would have likely dropped or bobbled. The third was a deep shot on a route where Bennett beat his man on an out and go. He was hurt briefly early, but clearly the injury wasn't serious. Bennett may have up and down weeks, but it's clear he will have some huge gains in this offense.

2016 Week 4 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 109 / 0 rec)

Bennett was the only Patriot who did much on the day, highlighted by a 58 yard jump ball reception. He also had a couple catches with some very good yards after catch, and blocked well as usual. However, it wasn't enough, as the Patriots shot themselves in the foot time and time again.

2016 Week 3 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Bennett was called upon once again to block on a majority of his snaps, as the game plan on offense was fairly conservative. Both his catches were designed plays thrown to him at the line of scrimmage. As expected, his week to week lines will be fairly up and down.

2016 Week 2 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 114 / 1 rec)

Bennett was the beneficiary of some savvy playcalling, good blocking, and masterful quarterback play. Bennett got much of his yardage on short flips after the catch, as there were several designed near-screen type plays for him. His touchdown saw him beat his defender on a go route, and his quarterback looked off the safety in the other direction before firing back at Bennett for the score. He also blocked well once again. Bennett will likely be called upon to block heavily once again the next couple weeks, making him a low-floor, high-ceiling type of play.

2016 Week 1 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Bennett was used sparingly in the passing game, but made his presence felt in the blocking game, as he was often responsible for some great pass protection or creating a seal here and there in the run game. He was also the recipient of a phantom holding call that nearly cost the Patriots dearly, when in reality he simply manhandled Chandler Jones. If the Patriots' offensive line continues to struggle, his role may be inconsistent as he may be required to block more. With that said, he still makes for a sizeable red zone target.

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Latest News

Patriots | Martellus Bennett almost invisible (Sun Dec 4, 07:17 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett managed just two catches for four yards on four targets in the Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Our View: Bennett clearly is not 100%. He was targeted in the end zone but a good defensive play broke up the pass. You can hold him on your bench and hope he shows he is healthy, but he is only a stash for later right now.
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Patriots | Martellus Bennett to play Sunday (Sun Dec 4, 10:12 AM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) will play in Week 13's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Our View: Bennett is still not his old self and not an automatic play this week despite Rob Gronkowski's absence giving him the #1 tight end job. He's a boom/bust TE1 who should be benched for safer options if possible.
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Patriots | Martellus Bennett limited Friday (Fri Dec 2, 05:50 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable for Week 13.

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Patriots | Martellus Bennett questionable for Week 13 (Fri Dec 2, 04:56 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) is listed As Questionable for Week 13 versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Our View: Bennett has a bust risk as he is not at full strength, but he is the clear primary receiving tight end with Rob Gronkowski out.
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Patriots | Martellus Bennett returns to practice (Thu Dec 1, 08:31 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) was limited at practice Thursday, Dec. 1.

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