Martellus Bennett TE NE 2 months ago1 Comment

The Bears agreed to exchange Bennett for draft picks from the Patriots on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the acquisition, the Patriots will trot out a receiving corps led by a two-headed monster at tight end for the first time since the 2012 season. Working in tandem with Rob Gronkowski, Bennett brings sure hands (66% career catch rate) and game-breaking potential (27 receptions of 20-plus yards and 14 touchdowns in three campaigns with the Bears) to the party in New England. In an offense that relies on precise route-running in order for Tom Brady to carve of the opposition, Bennett should prosper in his new climes.

Martellus Bennett TE NE 2 months ago1 Comment

Bennett (ribs) is unlikely to remain with the Bears in 2016, NFL.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bennett and the Bears have reportedly struggled to see eye-to-eye for some time now, and with Bennett owed $5 million heading into the final year of his contract, this offseason may ultimately mark the end of their relationship. Whether via trade or releasing Bennett, the well-rounded tight end could benefit from a change of scenery, and his absence would likely allow Chicago's Zach Miller to build on his strong finish to last season.

Martellus Bennett TE NE 5 months ago

Bennett (ribs) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Unable to play through a rib injury on Thanksgiving, Bennett then returned for Sunday's loss to the 49ers, catching three passes for 14 yards on four targets. He actually wasn't listed on the injury report last week, but it seems unlikely that this would be unrelated to the rib issue from a couple weeks ago. Zach Miller is now set to serve as Chicago's top tight end, with Khari Lee and Rob Housler providing depth. Bennett should be fine for offseason activities, as he's likely just dealing with broken ribs, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Martellus Bennett TE NE 5 months ago

Bennett caught three of four targets for just 14 yards in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran managed his lowest yardage output of the season in his return from a one-week injury absence, although his efforts mirrored the underachievement of the rest of the Bears offense Sunday. Bennett has struggled to replicate his career year from 2014, and he has found the going especially tough since the bye, as he is averaging fewer than 4 catches and 33 receiving yards per game. Another week removed form his injury, Bennett will look to step it up against the Redskins next Sunday.

Martellus Bennett TE NE 5 months ago

Bennett (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After logging full participation in each of the Bears' three practices during the week, Bennett's status for Sunday's game was never in much peril. While he's ostensibly healthy enough to see a high snap count, Bennett's seen his primacy in the passing game decline of late with the emergence of backup tight end Zach Miller. In the last four weeks, Bennett has recorded a modest 16 catches, 133 yards, and one touchdown.

Martellus Bennett TE NE 5 months ago

Bennett (ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, CSN Chicago's Chris Boden reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A full practice participant throughout the week, Bennett is ready to return from a one-game absence for a favorable matchup with the 49ers' leaky defense. He could also see an extra target or two if No. 2 tight end Zach Miller (ribs) is unable to play.

Martellus Bennett TE NE 5 months ago

Bennett (ribs) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Bears exercised caution on a short week in advance of last Thursday's win at Green Bay, holding Bennett out as a result of a rib injury sustained the previous Sunday. With a full return to practice Wednesday, though, he's on pace to return for this Sunday's game against the 49ers, barring a setback.

Martellus Bennett TE NE 5 months ago

Bennett (ribs) was present for the open portion of Monday's practice, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bennett was inactive for this past Thursday's game against the Packers, but his presence at practice Monday would appear to bode well for the tight end's chances of returning to action this Sunday against the 49ers.

Martellus Bennett TE NE 5 months ago

Bennett (ribs) was ruled out for Thursday's game at Green Bay.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bennett turned in limited practices both Tuesday and Wednesday, likely in order to test out his injured ribs, but the Bears will opt for caution and rest the tight end on a short week. In his stead, Zach Miller should have an ample workload, which could expand further if Alshon Jeffery (groin/shoulder) and Matt Forte (knee) are eventually ruled out.

Martellus Bennett TE NE 5 months ago

Bennett (ribs) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice, ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bennett missed Monday's practice after injuring his ribs during Sunday's loss to the Broncos. His Tuesday return suggests he at least has a shot to suit up on Thursday, but given how the Bears have handled injuries this season, a game-time decision seems inevitable. If Bennett can't go, the emerging Zach Miller will likely take on added snaps and targets. Even if Bennett plays, it's possible he'll cede some of his usual workload to Miller.