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TE Martellus Bennett - Chicago Bears

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Bennett had a sick touchdown catch in one of the few highlights for the Bears in a disgraceful loss to the Patriots. It's good to see the high weekly ceiling is still there, but it's hard to get too excited about Bennett with the Bears in the doldrums heading into a bye.

Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
5 at CAR 3 17 0 0
6 at ATL 4 52 0 0
7 vs MIA 5 58 0 0
8 at NE 6 95 1 0

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs NE (7 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)

Bennett had the catch of the day in Sunday's loss. The tight end hauled in a touchdown pass from his backside with a defender falling on top of him. It truly was remarkable. Looking at the game as a whole, Bennett was one of the more productive Bears on Sunday. Bennett caught six of his seven targets for 95 yards and the one score. He's had at least four catches and 50 yards in each of the last four games. While Bennett no longer is finding the end zone with the regularity he was during the first few games of the season, four in the first three games. This is due to the Bears' lack of a vertical passing game. The middle of the field is more crowded due to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery not winning their individual matchups. Bennett still is a very viable option at tight end, and his role could grow after the bye week, if the offense starts to play up to its potential. Bennett and Matt Forte have been the most productive players this season for the Bears. Once the other guys start winning their matchups, the field will open up for Bennett.

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Latest News

Bears | 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.

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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.
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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.

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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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Schedule

9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Minnesota Vikings
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
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16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Minnesota Vikings