Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:32pm
Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 20. Bennett has just 91 yards receiving in his last four games, but has three touchdowns in his last five.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe believes that Bennett may see reduced snaps this week: “Martellus Bennett needs a week off more than anyone due to his ankle and shoulder injuries. I’m not sure if they’ll rest him this weekend because they’re thin at receiver, though. But I can see them monitoring his snaps, especially if the game unfolds favorably with a big lead.”
Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm
Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm
Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:07pm
Related players: Martellus Bennett
Bennett has been dealing with an ankle and shoulder injury and was questionable coming into this game. It's clear he's not 100-percent and the injury is affecting his fantasy numbers.
T Alex Lewis (ankle)
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:41pm
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:27pm
But the Pats' reliance on "11 personnel" (3 WR, 1 RB, TE) was not a radical departure from what we have seen in previous games. The idea that the Patriots were using Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett together a ton was not accurate.
The Patriots used three receiver sets with a TE and an RB on 32 snaps and three receiver sets with two RBs and no TE on six snaps. They used a full back with two receivers on 16 snaps and four WRs on eight snaps.
Gronkowski underwent back surgery Friday, and shared an Instagram video of the early stages of his rehab.
Multiple-tight end packages will decline: When Gronkowski and fellow tight end Martellus Bennett were both healthy, the Patriots were primarily a two-tight end offense. Consider that entering their Nov. 20 game at San Francisco (in which Gronkowski did not play), the Patriots had run 245 plays with two or more tight ends on the field, which was the second-highest total in the NFL. At that point, Patriots' tight ends led NFL tight ends in receiving yards (1,044) and were tied for second in receiving touchdowns (seven). The Patriots won't stay with that approach without Gronkowski, as the next tight end on the depth chart is Matt Lengel, who has played in one career game. Lengel is more of a blocker, and part of the reason the Patriots leaned so heavily on the two-tight end package with Gronkowski and Bennett is the dual threat they provided -- both are strong blockers and also have receiver-like skills. So this takes away a big part of the way the Patriots like to dictate matchups.
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