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Hue Jackson clarifies past praise of Martellus Bennett

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) Getty Images

For the first time ever, the Patriots will have quarterback Tom Brady in position to throw the ball to both tight end Rob Gronkowski and tight end Martellus Bennett. The Browns will get the first taste of this trio, and coach Hue Jackson knows that the relative newcomer to New England needs to be taken very seriously.

“He is playing well,” Jackson told reporters regarding Bennett. “He has done it all. I made a statement I probably shouldn’t saying he is the most ‘unknown’ tight end in the league. I don’t know that he is unknown. He is well known. I think people don’t see him as one of the top tight ends in the league, and I think he is by far. As I said, he is a ferocious blocker. He can catch the ball extremely well, run any route. He is a big guy. He gives you the flexibility that you can block defensive ends or outside linebackers. That is how good I think he is. A lot of guys can’t do that. He brings a different dynamic to their offensive football team, and he has played well this year.”

Jackson’s past “unknown” remarks aren’t quite the same as Rex Ryan’s knock on Aaron Donald from a couple of years ago, and it’s unlikely that Bennett was upset by what Jackson said, or that Bennett will now declare, “Still said it.”

Regardless, the Browns need to have a plan for dealing with Brady, Gronkowksi, and Bennett — and the Browns need to have the physical ability to implement it.

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12 Responses to “Hue Jackson clarifies past praise of Martellus Bennett”
  1. dreadnok89 says: Oct 7, 2016 2:27 PM

    Listen hue, I’m a nobody and knew this guy is all pro

  2. factschecker says: Oct 7, 2016 2:30 PM

    I can’t wait to watch The Martellus Gronkus Show.

    It’ll be even more fun to watch when Deion Lewis makes a guest appearance.

  3. 6ball says: Oct 7, 2016 2:52 PM

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    I don’t think he was trying to be disrespectful. Bennett is a top tier TE, but gets less press than Gronk, Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Greg Olsen, Antonio Gates et al
    .

  4. chippys lost binky says: Oct 7, 2016 2:56 PM

    Belichick has been looking to build a devastating 2 TE offense for a while, this incarnation of it should be something to see once it ramps up.

  5. grogan537 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:03 PM

    Hue Jackson seems like a good guy and I hope he’s given enough time to try and turn that franchise around.

    Pat’s fan

  6. grabgrabgrab says: Oct 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    Welcome back…

    What can’t get lost in the suspension are the legacy numbers. Things Tammy Two Yard won’t ever be able to get back is the continuation of his 126 starts, where he was 4th on the active list.

    He’ll never be able to get back the 1200-1600 yards he would’ve thrown for (conservatively speaking).

    He’ll never be able to get back 12-16 touchdown he would’ve thrown for (also very conservatively speaking, especially seeing how the Pats love to lay it on lesser opponents).

    He’s roughly 13,912 yards and 111 TDs behind Peyton Manning all time. Pretty high mountain to climb at this juncture, but certainly not insurmountable. 50 touchdown seasons don’t be come around as much in the twilight of careers. He’s already physically not playing at an elite level. He won’t be getting that back anymore either. Just ask Peyton… It only gets worse from here. He’s not special athletically, not even Tammy can outlast father time.

    #truthhurts
    #nodenyingfacts

  7. cb3313 says: Oct 7, 2016 3:23 PM

    grabgrabgrab says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:08 PM
    Welcome back…

    What can’t get lost in the suspension are the legacy numbers. Things Tammy Two Yard won’t ever be able to get back is the continuation of his 126 starts, where he was 4th on the active list.

    He’ll never be able to get back the 1200-1600 yards he would’ve thrown for (conservatively speaking).

    He’ll never be able to get back 12-16 touchdown he would’ve thrown for (also very conservatively speaking, especially seeing how the Pats love to lay it on lesser opponents).

    He’s roughly 13,912 yards and 111 TDs behind Peyton Manning all time. Pretty high mountain to climb at this juncture, but certainly not insurmountable. 50 touchdown seasons don’t be come around as much in the twilight of careers. He’s already physically not playing at an elite level. He won’t be getting that back anymore either. Just ask Peyton… It only gets worse from here. He’s not special athletically, not even Tammy can outlast father time.

    #truthhurts
    #nodenyingfacts
    _____________________________________

    Awe, what a great little story. Problem is, you care more about all those things than TB12 does. Onward to what really matters…Another deep playoff run, AFC Championship, SB!

    Speaking of Truth – Four SB Rings for TB12, Peyton…not so much.

    Trolls Lose Again!

  8. aballinhighgrass says: Oct 7, 2016 3:33 PM

    Hey, grabgrabgrab, you really need to get a life. TB12 doesn’t care about stats. He cares about winning titles. I pity you.

  9. MichaelEdits says: Oct 7, 2016 3:40 PM

    I know Martellus well as an entertaining interviewee. It’s possible I’ve never seen him play because I’m such an unrepentant Panthers homer. Maybe if we get that Patriots/Panthers Super Bowl rematch I want so much… hey, stop laughing. Keep Pounding.

  10. dickshotdogs says: Oct 7, 2016 3:44 PM

    OCD, it’s not a healthy thing…. smh

  11. factpurveyor says: Oct 7, 2016 5:30 PM

    grabgrabgrab says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    won’t ever be able to get back is the continuation of his 126 starts, where he was 4th on the active list.
    He’ll never be able to get back the 1200-1600 yards he would’ve thrown for (conservatively speaking).
    He’ll never be able to get back 12-16 touchdown he would’ve thrown for

    —————————————————————-
    If those statistics were important to you, then perhaps you should have been protesting when the NFL was lying about science in order to dupe all the gullible sheep.

    You could have also protested when it became apparent that the NFL was going to keep the PSI information collected during the 2015 season secret because even the most gullible sheep would figure out that they were duped if they ever saw that information.

  12. joker65 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:00 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:44 PM
    Dink, dunk, dink, dunk. Wowww amazing throws huh? The sysTOM cheater beat the winless browns and media will dick ride him all week LOL. Well at least he ain’t cheat for all we know. (I hope)

    ———

    Meanwhile, in Baltimore the Ravens pounded the Redskins…..oh wait…

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