Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:00pm
Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 11. Bennett played through the shoulder injury last week and should be able to do so again.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:07pm
Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett were rarely healthy at the same time in the 2016 season, so we never saw the duo achieve its full potential. But when they did play together, the Pats liked to line them up next to each other on the same side of the formation. They frequently did this on Sunday night, and it resulted in a few big plays.
Bennett played just seven snaps on SNF, but QB Tom Brady was 6-for-6 for 78 yards during that time. Bennett actually caught three of those passes for a total of 38 yards while Gronk had a catch for 26 yards. Bennett clearly isn't healthy but isn't letting on the severity of the injury. Clearly he's healthy enough to play, but in terms of fantasy it's hard to tell right now if the Pats were just easing him in or if he's going to be limited.
Friday, November 10, 2017, 5:53pm
Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 10. Bennett may be able to suit up for the Patriots, though we doubt he will.
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:46pm
Bennett was released by Packers after it was discovered he failed to disclose a medical condition and he now re-joins a Patriots team he played for last year. Bennett caught a career-high seven passing touchdowns as a Patriot last year and could be of some help to fantasy owners in desperate need of a TE. However, when you combine the injury news and Bennett's earlier announcement that he plans to retire after the season, it wouldn't be a surprise if Bennett's disappointing 2017 season didn't turn around.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00pm
Related players: Lance Kendricks
Bennett has already announced that he plans to retire at the end of the season, so we'll see if he's even interested in signing elsewhere. Lance Kendricks is worth a look in TE-premium leagues.
Bennett was doubtful coming into this game and wasn't worth waiting on anyway. He's only reached 50 yards in one game this season and hasn't scored a TD.
Bennett has not been a fantasy factor all season, failing to score a touchdown this season and has only one game with at least 50 yards. If you have been considering him in your lineups each week, this is another giant red flag to avoid him.
Friday, November 3, 2017, 6:34pm
Packers TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder) missed practice again Friday. The Packers play on Monday night, so Bennett could still get in a practice on Saturday. If not, Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers would assume his role in the offense.
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:20pm
Sure, Bennett has been a focal point for the Green Bay Packers’ offense, but the gem of general manager Ted Thompson’s free-agent class hasn’t quite taken off as many expected.
Rodgers wants that to change.
“We’ve got to get Marty involved early,” Rodgers said after Bennett caught six passes in last Thursday’s win over the Chicago Bears.
It was a rough three games to start the season for Bennett, who dropped two passes (it would have been double that had two drops not been wiped out by penalty) against the Falcons and one against the Bengals. His three drops rank tied for first among tight ends with Jimmy Graham and tied for third in the league among all players. Bennett was targeted seven times against the Bears catching six but for a total of just 39 yards. With injuries to Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery, Bennett could be a valuable target.
The Green Bay Packers' offense put on a disastrous display before garbage time on Sunday night, failing to keep pace with Matt Ryan and the Falcons, and there's a chance things won't get much better this coming weekend. That's because the Packers might be without their best receiver.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jordy Nelson is 50-50 with a quad injury.
Cobb is also a bit banged up which could mean a bigger role for Allison. However it could also mean more targets for the more established receivers as well.
The addition of tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks may mean the Packers employ fewer formations that include receiver Randall Cobb (above). Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports
But this isn’t the offense of the last few years, where McCarthy sends out three receivers, a tight end and a running back for snap after snap. Since 2013, only four teams have run more plays with three receivers on the field than the Packers, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In that same stretch, no team has run fewer plays with multiple tight ends on the field than the Packers.
The story pointed to an example where the Pack went with a two-TE package along with Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams at WR on first and second down before eventually having Cobb replace Kendricks on third down. Granted it's only preseason, but Cobb seems to be the WR who will get less time if there are two TEs on the field.
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