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TE Martellus Bennett - Chicago Bears

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Bennett has a healthy Brandon Marshall and now a dynamic third receiver in Marquess Wilson to contend with. He's on the fringe of the TE1 group if he is even there at all now.

Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jay Cutler finally broke out of his slump with a good game vs. Minnesota - 31/43 for 330 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions helped generate the 21-13 win that Chicago needed quite urgently. Cutler relied on the usual suspects last week, throwing 17 targets to Alshon Jeffery (11/135/1 receiving) and 10 to Brandon Marshall (7/90/2). Matt Forte (six for 6/58/0) and Martellus Bennett (four for 4/29/0) accounted for most of the other passes caught vs. Minnesota. We'll see if Cutler can stay on track this week when the Buccaneers come visit the Windy City. Speaking of Tampa Bay, they are currently ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 266.1 net passing yards allowed per game with 20 passing scores given up over 10 games played, with just eight interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 20 sacks (tied-20th) generated so far. Robert Griffin III was sacked six times for -40 yards last week, on the way to 23/32 for 167 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, while Matt Ryan was sacked just once for -7 yards two weeks ago (20/31 for 212 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown). The Buccaneers aren't as vulnerable to opposing passers in November as they were in September, but Washington and Atlanta have struggled with their passing games in the second half of the season as well - not all the improved results are due to Tampa's efforts. On balance, this looks like a good matchup for the home-team Bears.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
8 at NE 6 95 1 0
10 at GB 2 45 0 0
11 vs MIN 4 29 0 0
12 vs TB 4 37 0 0
12 vs TB PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs GB (6 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)

Bennett had a huge game against the Packers back in Week 4, catching nine passes on 11 targets for 134 yards. Sunday night was a much different story for the Bears' tight end. Bennett scored six targets Sunday against the Packers, turning those six targets in a measly two catches for 45 yards. One of Bennett's catches went for 37. There likely are a number of reasons why Bennett had a quiet game, but he are the likeliest two: Bennett was questionable to play Sunday due to a rib injury, and the Packers had Clay Matthews back on the field for this matchup. More importantly, Matthews dropped back into coverage more often than he usually does. If you look at Bennett's game logs, you'll noticed that he's been up and down all season long. So there really isn't any reason to be concerned moving forward. Rarely does a tight end win games for his team week in and week out. Don't lose faith in Bennett. Remember that offensive success starts with the quarterback, and we all know who the Bears' quarterback is god-awful against the Packers.

2014 Week 11 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Martellus Bennett was more of an afterthought in the Bears offense in the win over Minnesota. The tight end caught all four of his targets for 29 yards. All four of his catches came in the middle third of the field, within nine yards of the line of scrimmage, which tells you that he's not getting looks when he's running lengthy routes. Bennett looked to be more involved in pass blocking against Minnesota, likely due to the offensive-line shuffling that has taken place since left guard Matt Slauson was lost for the season. Despite the lack of production, the Bears still have one of the best tight ends in football. Don't need to worry about Bennett. He's still one of Cutler's favorites, which means he'll continue to get targets.

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Latest News

Bears | Martellus Bennett probable (Fri Nov 14, 04:54 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is probable for Week 11.

Our View: Bennett was a game-time decision last week, but looked fine in the blowout loss. He's a solid TE1 against the Vikings, as his condition seems to have improved this week.
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Bears | Martellus Bennett a limited participant (Thu Nov 13, 05:44 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 13, after sitting out Wednesday, Nov. 13. He is expected to play in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Bears | Martellus Bennett sits out Wednesday (Wed Nov 12, 05:25 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Our View: Bennett may just be getting veteran rest here. Check back to see if he can practice later in the week.
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Schedule

12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs New Orleans Saints
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Minnesota Vikings