Martellus Bennett spent the first four years of his NFL career in Dallas, where his quarterback was Tony Romo. When his time in Big D was done, he went to New York to play with Eli Manning and the Giants. After that, he spent three years in Chicago playing with Jay Cutler. Through eight seasons, he got to play with better passers than most guys ever get to play with.
Now, though, Bennett is even more spoiled. A trade during the 2016 offseason sent Bennett from Chicago to New England, where he got to play with none other than Tom Brady. Marty B caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, and won a Super Bowl as well. That performance earned him a three-year deal from the Green Bay Packers, who are quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers. Real tough football life this guy has to live these days, huh?
Already, Bennett is noticing differences between playing with Brady and playing with Rodgers. What are they? Here's what Bennett said to NFL Total Access:
"With playing with Tom, it was a lot of coaching -- like little things," Bennett said. "Like the way he wanted you to get your head around quicker because he wants to get the ball out of his hands a little bit faster. So usually if I'm running a deep over route and I'm catching it 17 yards on the number on the other side, with Tom, he might throw it in between the 'backers. So if there's a little opening, he's ready to let it go right there. Just trying to see the game how he sees the game.
"And with Aaron, his ball is a little bit different. He's a little more athletic, and he can whip things a little bit different, you know. So he doesn't have to set his feet all the way to throw the ball 80 yards or anything like that. But me and him, it's all the same thing. Like, my body language is totally different for him."
Bennett ranked Brady (No. 2) and Rodgers (No. 1) as the best quarterbacks he's ever played with, which is no surprise. Brady is arguably the best ever, and Rodgers is well on his way to joining that discussion himself. Bennett justified putting Rodgers ahead by noting that Rodgers is his current quarterback (fair enough), but also had plenty of praise for Brady, who he said made him a better player.
"Tom is arguably the greatest to ever play the game. A great teacher, a great teammate, great person," Bennett said. "But I just learned a lot about football just from him. He taught me so much more. I'm a way better player this year than last year after leaving the Patriots. I thought I grew as a player a lot just learning how to play and being in a role."