IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago

Bennett (shoulder/hamstring) was limited at Wednesdays practice.

EDGE Analysis

Bennett's shoulder issue is likely to land him on the injury report most weeks, though it remains to be seen if his hamstring injury is a concern in advance of Sunday's game against the Raiders. Either way, as long as star tight end Rob Gronkowski remains healthy, Bennett is not a high-percentage fantasy option.

IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago

Bennett (shoulder) was on the field for seven out of a possible 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 41-16 win over the Broncos, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite the limited work in his first game back with the Patriots, Bennett managed to catch all three of his targets for 38 yards. While it's not hard to imagine him seeing more snaps in the coming weeks, he's no threat to supplant Rob Gronkowski as the Patriots' top tight end, a situation that limits Bennett's fantasy upside.

IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago

Bennett (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Bennett, who the Patriots claimed off waivers from the Packers earlier this week, brings blocking ability and red-zone skills to the table, but as long as Rob Gronkowski remains healthy, Bennett is not a high-percentage fantasy option. He is, however, an upgrade over fellow reserve TE Dwayne Allen, as well as valuable insurance for Gronkowski, who is no stranger to the injury report.

IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago

Bennett (shoulder) appears on track to suit up Sunday night against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bennett's eventful week included being released by the Packers on the grounds that he failed to disclose a physical condition, and then subsequently being claimed by the Patriots on Thursday. It now appears as though Bennett will tough things out through his shoulder issue Sunday, aided by his familiarity with the team's offense after having played in New England last season. The 30-year-old's blocking ability and red-zone skills provide the Patriots with an upgrade over fellow TE Dwayne Allen, but as long as Rob Gronkowski remains healthy, Bennett is not a high-percentage fantasy option.

IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago

Bennett (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Broncos after practicing in a limited fashion Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, as ESPN's Rob Demovsky relays, Bennett -- who the Patriots claimed on waivers Thursday -- left the Packers on less than cordial terms due to differences of opinion regarding the tight end's shoulder woes. In any case, it appears as though Bennett is prepared to play though this issue, though it's unclear if that will happen Monday night. Assuming no setbacks down the road, Bennett's blocking ability/red zone upside provides an upgrade over fellow TE Dwayne Allen, as well as valuable insurance for the currently healthy, but oft-injured Rob Gronkowski.

IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago

Bennett (shoulder) suited up for Friday's practice with the Patriots, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The health of Bennett's shoulder has been in question since last week, but it appears he is feeling good enough to practice just one day after he was claimed off waivers by the Patriots. It's not yet clear if Bennett will be ready to play this week, but the team figures to release more details on his status either after Friday's practice, or in the coming days.

IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago

Bennett has been dealing with a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum in his shoulder, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After being waived by the Packers on the grounds that he failed to disclose a physical condition, Bennett was claimed off waivers by the Patriots on Thursday. The tight end still needs to demonstrate that he's healthy enough to contribute, but as Mike Reiss of ESPN.com points out, while with New England last season, Bennett "played through multiple injuries (ankle etc.) that might have sidelined others." When available, Bennett is an upgrade over fellow TE Dwayne Allen, but as long as Rob Gronkowski remains healthy, neither of his backups merit fantasy lineup consideration.

IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago

The Patriots have claimed Bennett (shoulder) on waivers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

After being let go by the Packers on Wednesday, Bennett quickly lands back with New England, where he played in 2016. He's been dealing with a shoulder issue, but once he's healthy enough to play, Bennett would represent an upgrade over Dwayne Allen, who replaced Bennett this offseason. In any case, Rob Gronkowski remains entrenched as the Patriots' undisputed top tight end as long as he remains healthy.

IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago

The Packers released Bennett (shoulder) on Tuesday with a "Failure to Disclose Physical Condition" designation, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The designation suggests that the Packers believe Bennett wasn't entirely forthcoming about aspects of his medical history when he signed with the team in March. This could lead to an ugly battle, with the Packers potentially expecting Bennett to repay a sizable portion of his $6.3 million signing bonus. He likely was already prepared to give some of the bonus back, having suggested in October that he'll retire after the 2017 season, even though his three-year contract runs through 2019. Bennett missed Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Lions with a shoulder injury, allowing both Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks to establish new season-high marks in offensive snap count. Kendricks caught two of three targets for 32 yards on 29 snaps, while Rodgers caught one of two targets for five yards on 33 snaps. Neither is likely to produce with any consistency in an offense led by Brett Hundley.

IRMartellus Bennett
TE NE (9)
2 months ago1 Comment

Bennett (shoulder) won't play Sunday against the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

With Bennett still sidelined, Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers are in line to head the Packers' Week 10 tight end corps. It's a time-share that resulted in Kendricks catching two passes 32 yards and Rodgers making one reception for five yards in this past Monday's 30-17 loss to the Lions.