Last season, tight end Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski formed a dynamic duo, when both were healthy. As of Thursday, the duo is back together for another season. As the Patriots picked up Bennett only one day after he was released by the Green Bay Packers. Bennett’s three-year, twenty-one million dollar contract was also picked up by the Pats.
This Sunday the Patriots will be going up against the Denver Broncos with Bennett expected to play. Bennett, now 30, has been battling a shoulder injury for the past few weeks. With only 233 yards and no touchdowns from 24 catches, Bennett openly hinted via Instagram in October that he is considering retirement at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Last season, Bennett was known for pushing himself to his limits while battling multiple injuries and this shoulder injury should be no different, as he has gained the respect from the franchise for showing up to practice and attempting to play regardless of his injuries.
Bennett is expected to suit up for the Patriots on Sunday night. Wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle), defensive end Cassius Marsh (shoulder) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) are all questionable. However, all are also likely to join Bennett on the field.
Bennett’s participation in his return to New England will be limited throughout the game. Bennett is a player that wants to be on the field even with a torn rotator cuff. He is willing to practice through the pain in order to play and help the Patriots. Bennett has proven that he has a high pain tolerance and he is willing to do what is needed in order to get onto the field.
In Denver, the hope is that Bennett will help the Patriots in the red zone where they have struggled throughout the year. With Chris Hogan’s absence, Bennett could help address the team’s shortcoming in the red zone offense.