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|The Giants tight end situation took a turn for the worse in the Super Bowl when Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum both suffered torn ACLís during the teamís 21-17 victory over the Patriots. That led to the signing of free agent Martellus Bennett, a career underachiever in Dallas. While Bennett is a talented player with outstanding size and solid speed, he comes to the Giants after a four-year run in Dallas where he failed to emerge as a weapon for the Cowboys. After a solid rookie season in 2008 with 20 receptions for 283 yards and four touchdowns, Bennett averaged just 22 receptions for 188 yards over the next three seasons, failing to find the end zone. While his signing seemed to signal a solid opportunity, offseason reports that he had ballooned to close to 300 pounds put a damper on those expectations. Even though the Giants lack a proven third wide receiver behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, it is hard to get excited by Bennettís prospects for 2012. Pluck him off the waiver wire if he has a solid start to the season.
|Martellus Bennett rejoins Bears Sunday -- Sun Aug 10 10:00 pm --|
TE says he has learned his lesson
|Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett rejoined teammates Sunday at Olivet Nazarene University, six days after the club levied an unspecified fine and indefinite suspension. Bennett's punishment stemmed from a fight at practice last Monday with teammate Kyle Fuller. "I think I could've handled the situation differently," Bennett said. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Bennett missed the team's first preseason game against the Eagles but is back at camp and expected to play against Jacksonville this week. Bennett is one of the key weapons in the Bears pass offense and remains a high-end TE2 in fantasy leagues.
|Bears suspend TE Martellus Bennett -- Tue Aug 5 11:10 am --|
Altercation during practice with rookie cornerback
|Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was fined and suspended for conduct detrimental to the team after the veteran was involved in a fight at practice Monday with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller, general manager Phil Emery announced Tuesday. Emery did not specify the length of the suspension nor disclose the amount of the fine. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Bennett missed Tuesday's practice and it's widely believed this suspension won't affect his Week 1 status. Bennett reportedly bodyslammed Fuller to the ground and had little remorse afterwards. Bennett remains a low-end TE1.