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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 Oct 24): Bennett only had one catch and played about half of the snaps against the Steelers. Most tight ends have a floor this low, but don't have a three touchdown ceiling. The Patriots second half of the season includes a lot of good matchups for tight ends, so don't bail on Bennett against a Buffalo team that gave up over 100 yards to Bennett with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback back in Week 4.

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Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs BUF 44 5 109 0 0 10.9
5 at CLE 55 6 67 3 0 24.7
6 vs CIN 36 5 48 0 0 4.8
7 at PIT 30 1 5 0 0 0.5
8 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
8 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Patriots | Martellus Bennett quiet in victory (Mon Oct 24, 12:15 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett was limited to 30 snaps on 57 offensive plays in a Week 7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, managing only one catch for five yards while running only 10 pass routes.

Our View: The Patriots used their TEs to run deep routes against the Steelers. That opened up the short passing game, but we saw only a small number of targets for Bennett.
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Patriots | Martellus Bennett active (Sun Oct 23, 03:19 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 7 game.

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Patriots | Martellus Bennett's status in question (Fri Oct 21, 04:57 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 21, and is listed as questionable for Week 7.

Our View: Bennett will play against Pittsburgh and he has a high ceiling despite his questionable designation.
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Patriots | Martellus Bennett listed as limited (Wed Oct 19, 05:35 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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Patriots | Martellus Bennett falls back to Earth (Mon Oct 17, 01:22 AM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett hauled in five receptions for 48 yards in the Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was targeted five times.

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