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.