Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler connected on 28 of 43 attempts for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Sunday victory over Oakland.
Without the benefit of having his top target Alshon Jeffery, Cutler reconnected with Eddie Royal, his old friend from Denver, and freakishly athletic tight end, Martellus Bennett. Granted, the performance was against the rebuilding Raiders, but Cutler showed for the first time this season that he can put up solid production in offensive coordinator Adam Gase's scheme, with improvement possible upon Jeffrey's return.
Production hasn't necessarily been Cutler's problem over his career, however, it has been the mistakes. Since the beginning of last season, Cutler has turned the ball over in 15 of 18 starts. It is difficult to view him as anything more than a Fantasy backup until he shows the ability to protect the ball.
It's hard to put a ton of blame on Bennett for his lack of production, as he was facing a tough defense on the road. Furthermore, Bennett had to catch passes from backup Jimmy Clausen, who completed just 9-of-17 attempts for 63 yards, and didn't have starting WR Alshon Jeffery in the lineup to free up the middle.
Expect much better production from Bennett next week against the Raiders, who have been absolutely torched by opposing TEs through three games, allowing five touchdowns.
Bennett caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. But the score was in garbage time. He snagged a 24-yard pass from Jay Cutler that cut the deficit to 31-23 with just 34 seconds remaining in the game.
He will try to contribute in a more meaningful way against Arizona next Sunday.
Bennett has been embroiled in a contract dispute with the team. And he has a message for those complaining that he is not honoring his current deal.
"Most people don't honor their damn phone contracts," he told the team's radio network. "They just switch from Sprint to T-Mobile one year into it ... If you're playing at a high level then you want to be compensated for the level that you're playing."
Bennett has indeed taking huge steps forward over the last three seasons. He peaked in 2014 with 90 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns in earning a Pro Bowl spot.
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