FOXBOROUGH, Mbad. — Four days after the New England Patriots claimed him on waivers, tight finish Martellus Bennett made a direct impression in restricted motion through the staff’s 41-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday evening.
Bennett performed seven snaps and completed with three catches for 38 yards. Playing his first snap with 5:18 remaining within the first quarter, Bennett caught a brief cross from Tom Brady and ran for a 27-yard achieve. Four performs later, he was on the receiving finish of a 5-yard cross. Bennett, who’s taking part in by a shoulder harm, entered the medical tent on the sideline after the play and did not return to motion till the second half.
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The shoulder harm was what led the Packers to waive him Wednesday with a “failure to disclose a physical condition” designation. Bennett disputed that the Packers did not learn about his shoulder, posting an Instagram story that detailed his aspect.
After the sport Bennett stated he had spoken to “six or seven doctors” concerning his harm and had initially selected getting shoulder surgical procedure.
“It’s been a surreal week for me,” Bennett stated, including that he had advised his agent to tell groups to not declare him off waivers.
“When Bill [Belichick] called and said they had claimed, I said ‘No f—-ing way,'” Bennett stated. “Then he was like, ‘what’s going on?’ And I told him and then we had a quick conversation and he was like ‘Let me think about it and I will call you back.'”
Brady stated Bennett did an amazing job contemplating the short turnaround.
“I love having Martellus on our team. He adds a lot. He is a great player, and was for us last year. Hopefully we can keep building on it,” Brady stated after the sport.
Meanwhile, as Brady welcomed again Bennett, he linked with tight finish Dwayne Allen for a landing for the primary time as he inches nearer to the NFL report for variety of scoring cross targets.
Brady’s landing cross to Allen — Allen’s first catch with New England — got here with 25 seconds remaining within the second quarter and made Allen the 68th goal to which Brady has thrown a landing.
The NFL report is 70, set by Vinny Testaverde.