|When discussing switching quarterbacks, Martellus Bennett compares Tom Brady to Jennifer Lopez||04.13.17 at 3:11 pm ET|
The Martellus Bennett quote machine evidentially doesn’t stop during the offseason.
Speaking to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, Bennett was asked what it will be like going from Tom Brady as quarterback to Aaron Rodgers.
“That’s like leaving J. Lo and going to Halle Berry,” Bennett said via a Facetime interview from Hawaii following him donating copies of his children’s book to Alief School Libraries on Thursday. “We talk often. I’m excited about playing with him. We’ve known each other for a while. I’m excited about working with him and learning his quarterback language and showing him what type of player I am. I think I’m a lot better player than they think I am.”
After winning a Super Bowl in his one year with the Patriots, Bennett signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Packers as a free agent this offseason.
The tight end is coming off arguably his best season in the league, as he finished with 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, while playing through various injuries to play in all 16 games, and then the postseason.
It’s not too often players can switch teams and still have a potential Hall of Famer as a quarterback, but that’s what Bennett will be doing.
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|Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes Martellus Bennett can be NFL’s best tight end||03.30.17 at 10:00 am ET|
The Packers offense was already one of the best in football and with the addition of free agent tight end Martellus Bennett this offseason, it is even better.
Speaking at the NFL league meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy was asked about Bennett and he seemed thrilled with the signing, saying Bennett has the potential to be one of the best tight ends in the league even at age 30.
“He has very good tape,” McCarthy told reporters, via Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald. “He was a very productive player in an outstanding offense. I have great respect for the Patriots and especially what they do on offense. We like a lot of the things that they do. We keep an eye on what they do up there, particularly with some of the route progressions and more importantly how you use each player throughout the passing game.
“We had him in our cutups this year, so I got to see him play a lot of football. To me, he is one of the best or potentially [can] be the best tight end in the National Football League. It’s my responsibility to make sure I create those opportunities for him to succeed.”
Bennett should have more of a role in the passing game with the Packers than he did in New England, even though he had his most productive season.
The tight end caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, playing in all 16 games despite various injuries.
|Martellus Bennett plans to donate jersey sales profits to after school programs||03.25.17 at 5:48 pm ET|
Just from his one year in New England, it’s well known Martellus Bennett is a very charitable guy.
The tight end is continuing his efforts in Green Bay.
On Saturday, Bennett said on Twitter he plans to donate all the money he makes as commission on his jersey sales to after school programs he’s working to put together.
Bennett added he got the idea from his brother Michael, who is donating all his endorsement money to charity this season.
He will be wearing No. 80 with the Packers.
I’ll take all the money from my @packers jersey sales and put it towards the after school programs that I’m working to put together.
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 25, 2017
|Martellus Bennett blasts NFL on Twitter for making players watch video on how to celebrate properly||03.23.17 at 11:49 am ET|
On Wednesday, it was learned the NFL is cracking down again on celebrations and to help with this will show proper ways to celebrate in videos shown to NFL teams during training camp.
This will be included in the video that goes over new rule changes for the upcoming season.
Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett didn’t appear thrilled with the idea, going off on the NFL on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
I need to stop tweeting for 15 mins im going to need 15 minutes later this year to watch a dumb ass break dancing video during training camp
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 22, 2017
|Martellus Bennett appears to be joining Packers||03.10.17 at 6:36 pm ET|
Martellus Bennett has found a new home.
Bennett posted to Instagram a picture of him with a Packers hat Friday night, and then ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed, the former Patriots tight end will be signing with Green Bay.
This a good landing spot for Bennett, as he will contend for another Super Bowl and have Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback. The Patriots traded for Dwayne Allen this week, Bennett’s likely replacement in New England.
|Martellus Bennett says bye to New England on Twitter||03.08.17 at 11:26 pm ET|
After the Patriots traded for tight end Dwayne Allen it became a formality Martellus Bennett would not be signing a contract with the team.
Late Thursday night, Bennett essentially confirmed that with a few tweets thanking the fans. It was a win-win situation for both Bennett and the team in 2016, as the Patriots won the Super Bowl and because of that and a productive year, Bennett likely has earned himself more money this offseason.
I’m going to miss you Mass-Holes. T’was Fun. Thank you for the good times. To infinity and beyond…
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 9, 2017
We’ll always dance together. Mahhhtyyy out. Drops mic. Lol. pic.twitter.com/ytCzd0SwUE
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 9, 2017
For the second straight offseason, the Patriots have reportedly traded for a tight end.
According to multiple reports, New England has acquired tight end Dwayne Allen and a sixth-round pick from the Colts in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
This is a great deal for New England, who didn’t give up much at all to get the 27-year-old tight end.
Allen has three years remaining on his contract, which has him being paid $4.9 million next season, $5 million in 2018 and $7.4 million in 2019. The tight end is coming off his best year in the NFL, as he caught 35 passes for 406 yards and six touchdowns. Standing 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, Allen is also one of the best blockers in the league, which just adds to his skill set.
“I’ve been really impressed with Allen’s blocking,” Bill Belichick said in 2014 before a meeting with the Colts. “I think he’s one of the best blocking tight ends that we’ll see.”
He was dispensable because new Colts general manager Chris Ballard signed tight end Jack Doyle to a three-year extension on Tuesday and they didn’t see a need for two quality tight ends. (Some may forget Ryan Grigson is no longer with the organization.)
“I’m both humbled and excited for the challenge ahead of earning the right to be called a New England Patriot,” Allen said in a tweet.
So, what does this mean for the Patriots?
First off, it means they will once again have one of the better tight end duos in all of football with Allen and Rob Gronkowski. When Gronkowski was healthy last year, the Patriots ran a lot of two tight end sets, especially in goal line situations and that likely will continue again in 2017. Before Martellus Bennett joined the team last year, New England struggled to find someone who could team up with Gronkowski to form a solid combination and clearly once they did last season it paid off.
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