Martellus Bennett laughs off comparison to Jared Cook

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Many Packers fans wonder whether the team upgraded at the tight end position when letting Jared Cook walk away in free agency and replacing him with Martellus Bennett. Former Packers tight end suggested during an appearance on ESPN Milwaukee’s Wilde & Tausch that, with Bennett in for Cook, the Packers will “gain more in blocking but won’t get as much as a pass catcher.”

The show’s Twitter account posted that quote, and Bennett responded with the laughing/crying emoji.

The laughter is understandable, apart from the pride/confidence/delusion inherent to all successful athletes. Bennett has had the better career as a pass catcher, by a considerable margin. And Cook ended up in Green Bay last year only after he was dumped by the Rams for failing to live up to the contract he’d signed.

Yes, Cook had a catch for the ages against the Cowboys in the playoffs. But on a week-in, week-out basis Bennett is the more reliable option.

It nevertheless will make for an interesting apples-to-apples comparison in 2017, with Bennett in Green Bay and Cook signing with the Raiders.

37 responses to “Martellus Bennett laughs off comparison to Jared Cook

  1. None of us Pack fans are wondering if we upgraded? Cook was hurt for the majority of the year. Without question, Bennett is a major upgrade at the position.

  2. uhhh… what is there to wonder about? Bennett in a land slide. Pass catching, blocking, whatever. He’s a top tier TE in the league.

    He may not be Gronk, but Bennett’s ankle was hurt all year and he never missed a game. Tough as nails.

    I wish he was still in NE. He was awesome last year.

  3. Cook should be upset; he has average more yards a game than Bennett has in his career. Over the course of the past 6 years; Bennett has him slightly edged out.

    Also, Bennett is on his 5th team in 7 years. If he is so good… why doesn’t any team want anything other than a 1 year rental?

    Bennett is a replacement level TE (he literally gets replaced every year) and is one of the most over hyped players in the league.

  4. truthbetold109 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 2:31 PM
    Best tight end in the division – without question!
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    9 year vet who has broken 450 yards 4 times! He is behind Rudolph, Ebron and maybe Zach Miller (who average 50 yards a game last year compared to Bennett’s 40) and possibly 2 other rookies in the NFCN (Shaheen and Hodges).

  5. nathanp2013 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 3:09 PM
    Cook should be upset; he has average more yards a game than Bennett has in his career. Over the course of the past 6 years; Bennett has him slightly edged out.

    Also, Bennett is on his 5th team in 7 years. If he is so good… why doesn’t any team want anything other than a 1 year rental?

    Bennett is a replacement level TE (he literally gets replaced every year) and is one of the most over hyped players in the league.
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    This is a bunch of BS. The Patriots certainly wanted Marty Bennett back. A deal didn’t get done for two reasons. The first was that Marty wanted to be the featured tight end and NE has Gronkowski. The second is that the Patriots couldn’t pay two tight ends over $7 million each. They got Bennett for $5 million on the tag end of his Chicago deal.

    This is why Bennett has changed teams so frequently and it only relates to one bad experience. His came up with the Cowboys and Romo always went to Witten. Bennett was discouraged because he couldn’t get good numbers to get paid. He signed a one-year deal with the Giants to get his career back on track and had a break out season and was a free agent again and got paid by the Bears on a 4-year deal. Bennett was injured in 2015 and Belichick was able to acquire him from a rebuilding Bears team before the final year of contract. Bennett helped the Patriots win a Super Bowl and was able to hit free agency. None of this makes his resume spotty in the least.

  6. nathanp2013 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 3:19 PM
    truthbetold109 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 2:31 PM
    Best tight end in the division – without question!
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    9 year vet who has broken 450 yards 4 times! He is behind Rudolph, Ebron and maybe Zach Miller (who average 50 yards a game last year compared to Bennett’s 40) and possibly 2 other rookies in the NFCN (Shaheen and Hodges).

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    Rudolph – 6 years, over 450 twice. Not as good as MB
    Ebron – averaged 2 TD’s a year, essentially considered a bust given where he was drafted (top10)
    Miller – 5 years, averages less than 3 TDs a year

    Never know about the rooks so won’t even talk about them.

    MB has more TD’s than all of those you listed – combined.

  7. nathanp2013 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 3:09 PM
    Cook should be upset; he has average more yards a game than Bennett has in his career. Over the course of the past 6 years; Bennett has him slightly edged out.
    Also, Bennett is on his 5th team in 7 years. If he is so good… why doesn’t any team want anything other than a 1 year rental?
    Bennett is a replacement level TE (he literally gets replaced every year) and is one of the most over hyped players in the league.

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    Speaking as a fan who watched him play last year for NE, the Patriots don’t win the Super Bowl without him. With Gronk going down there would have been no way.

    Some guys do better as mercenaries. Look at Primetime.

  8. “The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jul 6, 2017 2:43 PM
    Looks like the Packers won the offseason championship again.”

    Sorry that title is reserved for hapless Minnesota Vikings. The Packer faithful are not about offseason or preseason championships. We prefer to battle for the Super Bowl and adding to our World Championship totals.

  9. as a Raider fan im hoping Cook can stay healthy and actually live up to the hype.

    but Bennett > Cook all day as far as careers and stats go.

  10. nathanp2013 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 3:09 PM
    Cook should be upset; he has average more yards a game than Bennett has in his career. Over the course of the past 6 years; Bennett has him slightly edged out.

    Also, Bennett is on his 5th team in 7 years. If he is so good… why doesn’t any team want anything other than a 1 year rental?
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    And Cook is on his 4th team in 6 years.

    Jared will give you one spectacular game per season and half interested, lazy, play the other 15.

  11. Cook can’t block and he can get the case of the dropsies. He’s a good TE, but these are the reasons why he’ll never be an elite TE.

  12. Rudolph – 6 years, over 450 twice. Not as good as MB
    Ebron – averaged 2 TD’s a year, essentially considered a bust given where he was drafted (top10)
    Miller – 5 years, averages less than 3 TDs a year

    Never know about the rooks so won’t even talk about them.

    MB has more TD’s than all of those you listed – combined.
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    Just for the sake of accuracy, I feel compelled to point out that Bennett has 30 career touchdowns in 9 seasons. Rudolph has 29 TDs in 6 seasons, Ebron has 7 Tds in 3 seasons, and Miller has 13 TDs in 5 seasons.

    49 > 30
    #math

  13. teal379 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 3:40 PM
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    Keep dreaming; can’t wait to see Aaron ignore your new prize like he has done with every other TE he has ever had on his roster… most disappointing TE in the NFCN

  14. Jared Cook is a good guy and a good receiving TE.

    Martellus Bennett is a whack job but a good all around TE. He isn’t as fast as Cook but he is gigantic. He’s a great Red Zone option, a very good blocker and can control the middle of the field with his size.

    I do agree with the announcers though. Cook for Bennett is probably a wash in the receiving game, but 40% of the rest of the offensive plays aren’t pass play in GB. And in GB the TE’s never get that much attention anyways.

    Where I see Bennett helping is that he will open up room for the WRs because he can run block and keep defenders closer to the LOS.

    And he will give Rodgers another good Red Zone option who is a match up nightmare for defenders, especially with a highly accurate thrower.

  15. Bennett’s career per-game averages:

    3 receptions, 32 yards, 0.2 TDs

    Rudolph’s career per-game averages:

    3.3 receptions, 33 yards, 0.36 TDs

    Last year’s line:

    Bennett: 55-701-7
    Rudolph: 83-840-7

    I think Rudolph could be in the same conversation as Bennett when it comes to “best tight end in the division.”

  16. When talking with my friends, co-workers and other Packers fans on message boards, the feeling was rather unanimous: We were very satisfied with Cook’s contributions last year, when healthy, and would have welcomed him back if things worked out that way. However, Bennett is a significant upgrade over Cook, not only in production on the field, but also when you compare salaries.

    No Packers fan I know is disappointed with this situation in any way, shape or form.

  17. bullcharger says:
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    NE also has the most TE reliant offense in the league with a QB that always looks at TE’s. With that system and Gronk missing the majority of 10-11 games leaving Bennett to be the #1… I am surprised he only average 28 yards a game outside of the 3 times he showed up last year. I am also surprised that 2 of 3 – 100 yard games came while Gronk was playing and drawing coverage. Does that mean that Bennett really is more of a #2 at this point in his career but getting paid as a #1?

    Bennett is competent replacement level player and I have no doubt that NE will have a quality #2 replace everything Bennett gave them at a fraction of the cost.

  18. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jul 6, 2017 4:39 PM
    Rudolph – 6 years, over 450 twice. Not as good as MB
    Ebron – averaged 2 TD’s a year, essentially considered a bust given where he was drafted (top10)
    Miller – 5 years, averages less than 3 TDs a year

    Never know about the rooks so won’t even talk about them.

    MB has more TD’s than all of those you listed – combined.
    _______

    Just for the sake of accuracy, I feel compelled to point out that Bennett has 30 career touchdowns in 9 seasons. Rudolph has 29 TDs in 6 seasons, Ebron has 7 Tds in 3 seasons, and Miller has 13 TDs in 5 seasons.

    49 > 30
    #math

    ————

    You know what I care about? How many TDs MB is going to have this year. Do you know how many? a LOT!

    #13worldchampions #HowManySuperBowlsHaveYouWon

  19. Let the Bennett chips fall where they may when he plays the Vikings twice.
    Why do people seem to think MB is above average?
    I’ll take Rudolph and it isn’t even that close.

  20. “Also, Bennett is on his 5th team in 7 years. If he is so good… why doesn’t any team want anything other than a 1 year rental?”

    Bradford’s on his third team, so same question I guess.

  21. Bennett better all around,better career.

    They are both on new teams with a very good and a great QB.So how good will either be going forward?Will Bennett give the Pack that clutch catch that Cook gave.

    As a Raider Fan I am more concerned about what Cook will do with Carr or vice versa as apposed to what he did in the past. I did not go back and look at his whole highlight reel but I saw enough big catches to know that for a tall guy he is very good at going down low and making that tough catch in traffic, sideline or endzone.

    Bennett better all around Cook more clutch or makes the more difficult catch. Pack may not have gotten an upgrade but the Raiders did.

  22. well, he’ll get a lot of check down passes with both pro bowl guards having moved on to other clubs in the past year and replaced by backup players.

    who is your starting right guard?

  23. chris1cat says:
    Jul 6, 2017 6:45 PM
    Let the Bennett chips fall where they may when he plays the Vikings twice.
    Why do people seem to think MB is above average?
    I’ll take Rudolph and it isn’t even that close.

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    Of course you would… and we thank you for it.

  24. Bennett is way overrated. He didn’t stick with Cowboys because he couldn’t, you know, catch the ball ever – not because they always threw to Witten. Funny thing, if you catch the ball when they throw it to you, they’ll keep throwing it to you.

  25. this comment section is filled with losing teams’ (Vikings) fans talking about a winning franchise. lol. ok. if your ideas are so groundbreaking, why don’t you tell the gm of your crappy team to win a championship? where does your arrogance come from? i know it isn’t because of actually winning.

  26. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 10:18 AM
    well, he’ll get a lot of check down passes with both pro bowl guards having moved on to other clubs in the past year and replaced by backup players.

    who is your starting right guard?

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    How did that work out last year? Sitton left and the line was fine. Guard is a lot easier to replace than Tackle.

    How’s your entire O-Line doing? Seemed like they would love to have Taylor or Barclay.

  27. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jul 7, 2017 10:18 AM

    well, he’ll get a lot of check down passes with both pro bowl guards having moved on to other clubs in the past year and replaced by backup players.

    who is your starting right guard?

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    Most likely, it will be 6-time Pro Bowler, 4-time First Team All Pro, Jahri Evans. Unless he gets beat out in camp. Unlikely, but always possible.

    Which scrub will Zimmer throw to the wolves first?

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