Finally healthy enough to show Mike Martz what he can do, Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett has exceeded the offensive coordinator’s expectations.
“He’s so good in the slot,” Martz said Thursday. “He does so many good things. He does a great job in those inside routes. He really does so many things for us. I’m excited. I’m really pleased. I thought he was a good player, but he’s even better than I thought. He’s really done a remarkable job.”
After catching 54 passes for 717 yards and 2 touchdowns last season, Bennett sat out the offseason program while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Finally back on the field, he sustained a hamstring injury in training camp that forced him to miss all four preseason games.
After being inactive for the season opener, Bennett caught five passes in a Week 2 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. He then had three receptions and drew a crucial pass-interference penalty that led to Robbie Gould’s game-winning field goal Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.