Martellus Bennett having a “fundamental” problem with drops

AP

At a time when the Packers are looking for reliable receiving targets, one of the ones they thought they could count on has been less than reliable.

Veteran tight end Martellus Bennett is off to a slow start to his Packers career, and they could use him since it seems all their receivers are hurt at once.

But Sunday night against the Falcons, he didn’t offer much help, with four dropped passes among an unspectacular stat line (five receptions for 47 yards, on 11 targets). He also was guilty of an offensive pass interference, which wiped out a 36-yard pass to Randall Cobb.

I just go back to the fundamentals of it. It’s as simple as that, to be honest with you,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said, via Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It really just always goes back to being fundamentally sound, trusting his training. He has really good hands. We just have to be fundamentally sound in those situations, not allowing the ball to cross your eyes, things like that, extending for the football.

“He’s obviously a special player, but in that case it was more fundamentals than anything else.”

The Packers need Bennett to be more reliable, since they have other pressing issues on offense. They started last week’s game without both starting tackles, and wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Cobb each left with injuries before the night was over.

56 responses to “Martellus Bennett having a “fundamental” problem with drops

  1. I’m not overly concerned. This guy has had a long, productive career. A momentary case of the drops is pretty clearly the exception rather than the rule. However… if he comes out and says the drops were caused by a psychotic Care Bear riding a tie-dyed Unicorn breathing fire and farting glitter, I’ll get concerned.

  2. Didn’t his team just get “fundamentally” stomped by Atlanta? That’s right, the team which claimed to have the vaunted defense.

  3. And this sums up perfectly one of the reasons Marty has never been and never will be elite on the field and why he will never be taken seriously concerning his opinions on off field things like social issues.

    He can’t and won’t take responsibility for his own failings. There is nothing he can do to improve because if its not working the way it should be it’s someone else fault, not Marty.

    If Marty isn’t playing well enough to justify his contract you won’t ever be hearing that from Marty. You will hear that from a player that takes pride in what he does and is doing everything he can to fix things but you won’t ever hear that from Marty

  4. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    September 19, 2017 at 9:13 am
    Super Bowl Champions get paid,

    then tank it since they’re now lazy and entitled.

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    Yep. BB knows when to walk.

  5. Is it Bennett or is it Rodgers or is it both of them???

    Maybe if Rodgers would have thrown more than 13 passes in the preseason he might have developed some timing with Bennett.

    Rodgers has thrown 92 passes so far in the regular season and he and Marty have only connected on 8.

    Jared Cook is in Oakland and Carr threw twice as many preseason pass. Carr has only 60 pass attempts so far this season, but Cook has 9 receptions.

    Of course, Carr has completed 75% of his passes vs. Rodgers at only 66%.

    Looks like both players are having issues so far. Marty has the dropsies and Rodgers turnovers equal his TD passes so far this year.

  6. Didn’t his team just get “fundamentally” stomped by Atlanta? That’s right, the team which claimed to have the vaunted defense.
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    Football fans on this site are getting dumber it seems. A drop is a catchable ball..,.nothing to do with the QB. You’d think most people would know that.

  7. gregbeau says:
    September 19, 2017 at 9:14 am
    He didn’t make much of an impression with NE last year even after Gronk was sidelined. Underachiever given his physical tools.
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    I disagree.

    Bennett played through injuries, blocked well all season, was well liked by coaches and teammates, drew a big interference penalty in OT of the Super Bowl against the Falcons.

    He is not still with the Pats because he wanted, and could get, more money than the Pats were offering. I believe he made a very good impression with the Pats.

  8. The guy sucks, He was terrible in Dallas “Witten wouldn’t let me play” Try to
    beat him out by catching a couple of passes and block for God sakes. On to the
    Giants to the Bears to NE to finish his career in Green Bay with any luck.

  9. whywerule says:
    September 19, 2017 at 9:25 am

    gregbeau says:
    September 19, 2017 at 9:14 am
    He didn’t make much of an impression with NE last year even after Gronk was sidelined. Underachiever given his physical tools.
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    I disagree.

    Bennett played through injuries, blocked well all season, was well liked by coaches and teammates, drew a big interference penalty in OT of the Super Bowl against the Falcons.

    He is not still with the Pats because he wanted, and could get, more money than the Pats were offering. I believe he made a very good impression with the Pats.

    ======================

    He was a ‘good’ player – possibly made better due to Brady’s accuracy and decision making. He’s a role player at best. Not a great, gifted or talented athlete, but a good athlete. We know he wanted a lot of money, the Pats KNEW he wasn’t WORTH a lot of money.

  10. Given his physical tools he’s been a career under achiever. He had the same problem in Dallas, he could never catch the ball when it was thrown to him.

  11. Maybe less worrying about how he was a slave in a past life … and more concentration about how lucky he is to be a multi-millionaire in this one.

  12. gregbeau says:
    September 19, 2017 at 9:14 am
    He didn’t make much of an impression with NE last year even after Gronk was sidelined. Underachiever given his physical tools.

    10 4 Rate This

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    Not true. Played hurt, blocked very well, and timely, clutch catches. Believe it or not, young Millennials playing in 75 fantasy football leagues, doesn’t really mean you know much about the sport of football.

    BB just knows when to walk and sell high. Has nothing to do with what he provided as Gronk’s back up.

    Thanks.

    – Pats Fan

  13. tjacks7 says:
    September 19, 2017 at 10:10 am
    Can he play defense?

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    “Ted Thompson is the bestest GM and Dom Capers is a great Def Coordinator! They fixed our bad D!”

    – Packers Fans 1 week ago

  14. Bennett hasn’t played well, no question. But he will turn it around.
    As for Aaron Rodgers, all of you who are bashing him wish you had him as your QB, and you know he’ll make you eat your words. He has no running game and his best WR was out before their first series was over, plus he had two backups playing tackle. if you watched the game, he was under pressure on every snap. And Mike McCarthy completely lost it by having him lineup with an empty backfield to get him hit even more.
    The Falcons are the best team in the NFC right now. It’s not a disgrace to lose to them, especially in their building. Don’t forget — they held a 28 point lead in the Super Bowl against the Patriots before their head coach completely blew it by going away from the run.
    I am not worried about the Packers or Aaron Rodgers. They need to get healthy and then they’ll take control of the NFCN again and be right back where they usually are — in the playoffs.

  15. Well somethings never change. Vikings trolls making ridiculous assertions. Vikings trolls acting like they are Packer fans reporting doom and gloom. Packers will rebound as they always do and make the playoffs and the vikings probably won’t.

  16. I wish I had a nickel for every comment from a Packer fan predicting that Bennett would have the best year of his career now that he’s playing with Rodgers. We all told you he was overrated but you were all so giddy with this rare free agent signing that you wouldn’t listen. The fact is, Rodgers doesn’t really like to throw to the tight end, and he isn’t going to be more likely to look for him when he drops the passes he does get. Usually Bennett waits for the second half of the season to disappear, but I think we’ll lose track of him earlier this year.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    September 19, 2017 at 10:57 am

    The Packers are still better than the Vikings. They know it. We know it.
    _______

    All evidence to the contrary, but hey, at least you have that going for you.

  18. This is shaping up to be a banner year already. As we all know, strawman arguments are the last vestige of hope for the truly desperate and after only two games, there are already purple strawmen all over the place.

  19. There is way too much being made of this. EVERY team benefits and gets screwed equally over the course of a season, and no referee is going to call a game perfectly. Isolating one team over any other is asinine.

    If you don’t accept this as fact then you’re either dumb as a rock or a homer or a hater. Three choices.

  20. daddeeo says:
    September 19, 2017 at 11:29 am
    …or maybe he just needs to be back with a QB who can stick the ball EXACTLY where it needs to be. You know like Tom Brady
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    or maybe he can’t catch the balls in Green Bay because they have too much air in them

  21. While I’d prefer he sucks all year, I suspect he’ll do more good than harm as the season progresses. The issue on Bennett’s side of the ball isn’t drops, but the health of key players.

  22. I thought this signing was supposed fit right next to GB’s Reggie White and Charles Woodson… or is he Jared Cook 2.0 with a QB in a system that is unable to utilize the TE?

  23. or is he Jared Cook 2.0 with a QB in a system that is unable to utilize the TE?
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    Cook is one of the most overrated players of this era.

    People talk about him like he’s elite………

    Career highs-
    52 recptions
    759 yards (.. all the way back in 2011)
    5 tds (.. FIVE! LOL!)
    2.6 receptions, 33 yards per game on average in his career

    Bennett won’t have a problem duplicating that production, and if thats all the Packers get, I couldn’t be more fine with that.

  24. aarons444 says:
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    Thanks for using that per game average stat to prove my point!
    Bennett – 32 yards per game on average in his career…which is 1 less than Cook… hahahahahaha!
    Cook; 12.7 yards a catch – Bennett; 10.7 yards per catch… hahahahahahahaha!

  25. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    September 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    What could possibly go wrong?
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    For you? World Championship number 14… in YOUR shiny, new, 1.2 BILLION dollar, disposable McStadium. Not that it will… but it certainly could.

  26. nathanp2013,

    What point?

    No Packer fan in thier right mind would compare Bennett to Reggie or Woodson. Reggie may be the most impactful signing EVER and Woodson was even more productive than Reggie was.. along with Deion and Drew Brees, those are THE FA signings.

    If Bennett is Cook, fine. I doubt any Packer fan has a problem with that. Cook improved teh position and made plays. Bennett will do the same.

    Is he Gronk?.. clearly not. But thats anohter unreasonable aspiration.

  27. Cook; 12.7 yards a catch – Bennett; 10.7 yards per catch… hahahahahahahaha!
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    Bennetts career highs;

    90 receptions, 916 yards, 7 tds

    All considerably better than Cook and his constant vanishing act.

  28. “Ted Thompson is the bestest GM and Dom Capers is a great Def Coordinator! They fixed our bad D!”

    – Packers Fans 1 week ago
    ======

    Not sure which are more annoying. THOSE Packers fans, or the ones that are content to be better than the Vikings.

    Meanwhile.. the Lions have passed the Packers by.

  29. aarons444 says:
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    Every year of Cook’s career… Bennett has played on a better team, with a better QB, better coach, better o-line, in a friendlier TE/QB connection and Friendlier TE offense.

    Either way, Cook is overrated… just slightly less than Bennett. Bennett is “Cook 2.0” because it’s another failed attempt by GB to add a dynamic pass catching TE to an offense that doesn’t use one.

    Obviously, the White/Woodson line was sarcasm directed to all the GB homers that hailed it as the best off season signings in the NFL.

  30. nathanp2013,

    The talent bit goes both ways.

    How many times could Cook have been forcefed, being in an blah offense that lacked talent?

    Yes, Bennett played with better teams, but he has also put up multiple seasons in line with #1 TEs. Cook never has.

    .. anyway, I’m not one that believes Bennett is going to make the Packers the #1 offense this year. I’m thrilled to have him over Cook though! Whether that is merited or just optimistic, I don’t really care. Cook was a scrub, that I believe for sure.

  31. flviking says:
    September 19, 2017 at 6:50 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    September 19, 2017 at 10:57 am
    The Packers are still better than the Vikings. They know it. We know it.

    ////////////

    Typical packer, beating the Vikes is their Super Bowl. Atlanta will represent the NFC again. Maybe the pack should try and get better than the Falcons.

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    Typical purple, hopping up and down after week two. Some things never change.

  32. Reggie White was overrated.
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    Depends on your perspective.

    In Green Bay, he certainly wasn’t the player he was in Philly… but you can say that about 99.999% of the players who have played in the League.

    .. but what ‘value’ can you put on transforming a teams culture? how can you measure his leadership? It was priceless. At least it was to the Packers in that timeframe, anyway.

    … and he averaged 11 sacks in 6 his seasons, was a 2x All-Pro, and DPOY in 1998.

    …. if you’re saying he was overrated as a player overall, I’d like to hear who you think IS a good player. White averaged 15.5 sacks as an Eagle. Name another player who got to the QB more?

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