Bennett has been spending his short time in Green Bay getting familiar with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ludtke of the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Off the field or on it, Bennett has made a point of reaching out to his new quarterback as the duo aim to get on the same page this season. "I'm always talking with him on the field, too, trying to see what he wants," Bennett said. "Always trying to figure out, just trying to have those conversations on and off the field, trying to get to know each other as players, and as people." After spending last season with the Patriots, Bennett will now get to be "the guy" at tight end and offers the Packers a size and physicality that haven't had at the position since Jermichael Finley played in 2013. Between his athletic ability and newfound friendship with Rodgers, Bennett could be in line for the best season of his career, boosting his fantasy value from years past.
Shortly after word leaked that negotiations between the Packers and tight end Jared Cook had deteriorated, general manager Ted Thompson arguably upgraded the position with the addition of Bennett. Although Bennett served as the Patriots' No. 1 TE for much of last season with Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined for much of it, the former still racked up 55 receptions (on 73 targets) for 701 yards and a career-best seven touchdowns. Exchanging Tom Brady for Aaron Rodgers shouldn't hinder Bennett's volume in the slightest, even with Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb on his side.
After acquiring Dwayne Allen in a trade with Indianapolis, the Patriots presumably won't be willing to meet Bennett's asking price. Boasting a strong track record along with a well-rounded skill set, the soon-to-be 30-year-old won't have any trouble finding a starting job and a hefty multi-year deal. Bennett is almost universally viewed as the top tight end on the free agent market.
In a game where Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards, Bennett got his share of looks and was largely effective with them. He also was notably targeted on two potential game-winning passes in overtime, drawing a key pass interfence penalty on the first one that gave the Patriots the ball at the Falcons' two-yard line. The veteran tight end was a serviceable target for Brady despite playing with numerous injuries during the second half of the season, hauling in 55 of 73 targets for 7-1 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.
|P2||8/19/17||@ WAS||7:30 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ DEN||9:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ ATL||8:30 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/12/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
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|2016||New England Patriots||16||12||55||701||12.7||58||7||10||1||31|
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|2016||New England Patriots||16||12||2||10||5.0||6||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Giants||16||1||13||13.0||13||0||0|
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