The case for Martellus Bennett
Bennett could very well be Brady’s favorite target in 2016 because he has simply been the best pass catcher on this Patriots roster.
Bennett leads Patriots receivers in the following categories: yards (314), touchdowns (four), 20-yard gains (five) and first downs (13). Bennett also boasts a yards per catch average of 15 as well as 189 total yards after the catch.
What makes Bennett so appealing to Brady is the simple fact that when he’s on the field with Gronk, Bennett is almost always going to draw single coverage. And here’s the kicker: Bennett is just a hair less good than Gronk in almost every category. In other words, Bennett in single coverage is more desirable to Brady than Gronk in a crowd.
Furthermore, Bennett is fully invested in the Patriots’ way of doing things. The wily veteran is loving it in New England, and Brady loves that.
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