Tight end Martellus Bennett leaped behind the podium after the game and landed with a resounding thump. He had emphatically arrived. “I’ll try not to curse this week” Bennett told the media. Only the Vikings are cursing after the Bears’ 31-30 victory Sunday. Bennett’s touchdown grab against the Bengals in Week 1 was a good sign and he topped it against Minnesota. He caught the game-winning 16-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in regulation capping a standout performance that included a touchdown catch in the first quarter among seven catches for 76 yards. Bennett who wants to be considered an elite tight end alongside the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski the Saints’ Jimmy Graham and the Cowboys’ Jason Witten is making quite an impression. “Whenever he’s gotten opportunities to make plays he’s made some big ones” quarterback Jay Cutler said. Bennett continues to show why he was signed and why Kellen Davis is no longer here. In two games Bennett already has surpassed Davis’ touchdown total from last season with three. He has 10 catches in two games. Davis had 19 in 16 games last season. Bennett has opened doors for Cutler that weren’t there the last two seasons. Plus coach Marc Trestman and Cutler know how to use him. On his first touchdown Bennett was wide open in the flat after receiver Alshon Jeffery’s slant route impeded safety Jamarca Sanford’s coverage. On Bennett’s second score Cutler said the Bears had run that “combo” four or five times.
Martellus Bennett huge in the clutch for Bears
Chicago Sun-Times | Sep 16