After years of searching, the Bears have finally found a reliable tight end in Martellus Bennett. The 27-year-old from Texas A&M has improved in each of the past two seasons but he can still be better.
Bennett’s receptions and yards are about where they should be from an above average tight end. Where he can improve is his ability to be a better red zone target.
Last season Bennett had five touchdowns. He had the same the year before with the New York Giants. Jimmy Graham led the NFL with 16 touchdowns and fellow tight end Vernon Davis had 13. Even long time veterans like Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten had eight.
With the attention to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the Bears will need Bennett to be more of a touchdown option in the red zone. He should expect to see more single coverage and at 6’7, 248 lbs he certainly has the size to make big plays around the goal line.
Eight touchdowns is a realistic goal for Bennett in 2014. He’s just now coming into his own and should be poised to take the next step. A second year in Marc Trestman’s offense will give him more confidence and the trust needed from quarterback Jay Cutler.
It will be interesting to see how Bennett starts the season. He can come out in the first three games with a touchdown in each matchup. This high powered offense will look to score even more points than last year and somebody has to be the beneficiary of the extra points. Let’s just say it’s not a bad idea to look for Bennett when you are drafting your fantasy team this year.