TE Martellus Bennett - New England Patriots
|6-6, 259||Born: 3-10-1987||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 21: at Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Patriots at this point are a known commodity at this point with Tom Brady. The Patriots boast a highly effective offense that can beat you in so many ways. The Patriots can beat you with their running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. This causes the Patriots to be extremely dangerous as there is no way to stop them it is only to contain them. Whether it is Dion Lewis or James White out of the background, Danny Amendola or Brandin Cooks as wide receivers or Rob Gronkowski at the tight end position. The Patriots have given Tom Brady so many options that everything is set up in their passing game. The one weakness the Patriots have is that their offensive line is banged up. Laadrian Waddle has really struggled at right tackle and Nate Solder has struggled at left tackle which could cause the Patriots issues if the Eagles are able to get pressure. The Eagles secondary is one that has improved throughout the season and a big part of that has been Jalen Mills. Mills who is a second-round draft pick struggled early on this season but has really picked his game up to go alongside Ronald Darby on the outside and Patrick Robinson out of the slot. The Patriots are going to have to try to find mismatches in this Eagles secondary and Eagles match up very well against the Patriots as Patrick Robinson is the best cornerback on the Eagles and he will be matched up against Danny Amendola who has largely been the best receiver in the playoffs this season. The Patriots may try to expose the Eagles is through the running backs as the Eagles have struggled against receiving tight ends as they allowed 6 receptions for 41 yards per game on the season which was league average in terms of points allowed to running backs on the season. The one area that the Eagles should struggle with the most in this game is with Rob Gronkowski as the Eagles have struggled against elite tight ends. Travis Kelce and Evan Engram who are the two best tight ends that the Eagles have faced both went for 80+ yards this season so if there is one weakness this is likely the weakness that the Patriots will have to take advantage of.
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Martellus Bennett was used sparingly as a check down option. He made three grabs for 15 yards on a short crossing routes.
2017 Week 7 vs NO (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Bennett has struggled this season anyway, so his sub-par performance this week was no shock considering he'd only just begun to show some life with Aaron Rodgers under center. With Brett Hundley, who looked about as lost as you can look, Bennett is invisible and will probably remain so.
2017 Week 6 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Bennett didn't do much of anything on Sunday, which was par for the course for the Packers once Aaron Rodgers was hurt. Bennett should have had a nice catch in the first on the play Rodgers was hurt on, but instead dropped the ball adding insult to literal injury.
2017 Week 5 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Bennett was invisible in the first half, as he struggled to get open. He saw three targets in the second, all of which he caught, and made an incredible catch for 33-yards, and was targeted for a big 14-yard pickup on the final game-winning drive. Bennett has been inconsistent, even though it seems as if Aaron Rodgers trusts him in big moments.
2017 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
After a shaky Week 3, Bennett looked much more comfortable as he caught six of his seven targets, nearly scoring on one play before being brought down by a massive group of Bears at the five yard line. Overall it appeared as if he and Aaron Rodgers were more in sync, but the yardage hasn't begun to show it.
2017 Week 3 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Bennett continues to struggle with drops, adding another one his pile from this season which would have extended a Packers drive in the fourth quarter. He made up for it with a nice grab for 6-yards for a first down a little later when the Packers were driving for their game-tying touchdown to Jordy Nelson. Bennett still seems like he isn't quite comfortable right now, and is still working out the kinks he has in syncing up with Aaron Rodgers. On a more positive note, he was on the field for most of the offense's snaps, so opportunity shouldn't become a problem.
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 NewsPatriots | Martellus Bennett due roster bonus (Fri Feb 9, 02:25 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett is scheduled to receive a $2 million roster bonus March 14. The team would save $6.2 million in salary cap space if they release Bennett. Our View: Bennett has discussed retirement, so there's no guarantee that he'll even want to play in 2018. The Patriots could always ask him to take a pay cut if they want him on the team this season.
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