4 of the greatest New England Patriots one-hit-wonder seasons in franchise history

New England Patriots v San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots v San Francisco 49ers / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages
4 of 5

Martellus Bennett - 2016

  • 16 games
  • 55 receptions for 701 yards
  • 7 touchdowns
  • 12.7 yards per reception - 2nd best of career

When Martellus Bennett made his way to the Patriots in 2016 via trade, the tight end had already made his mark in the league between three teams. He was two years removed from being selected to his first Pro Bowl and ended up in New England at the perfect time, not just for him and his career but also for the Patriots.

They were right in the middle of the second half of their dynasty's success, having won Super Bowl 49 two seasons prior. But the year started differently than most, with Tom Brady serving his suspension for the drama that was deflategate.

That left Jimmy Garoppolo as the starter, with Jacoby Brissett to fill in for the legendary quarterback. And despite the massive difference between them and Brady, the team didn't falter in those first four games, including the newly signed Bennett.

He made a significant impact during the first two games of the season, which became even more vital with Rob Gronkowski dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined at the start of the year.

Bennett totaled eight receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns in those games against the Cardinals and Dolphins, setting the tone for the rest of his first season in New England.

The Patriots went on to end the year with a 14-2 record, with Brady winning league MVP and the team winning Super Bowl 51. And a big piece of that success came from the production of Bennett.

And he provided us with this incredible memory after winning the AFC Championship game, making him a fan favorite for years to come.

He totaled 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns during the year. Although he wasn't at the forefront throughout the post-season run, he was essential to the win over the Falcons during the Super Bowl.

He contributed to the game with five receptions for 62 yards and unbelievably timed pass interference penalties that massively played a part in the team's unimaginable comeback victory.

After winning his first Lombardi trophy, Bennett signed with the Packers for the 2017 season. Multiple reports indicated a lot of drama between the tight end and Green Bay regarding team doctors and Bennett playing through injury. This ultimately led to his being waived, with the team citing "failure to disclose a medical condition designation."

He returned to the Patriots for the remainder of the season, but due to the injuries he was dealing with, he only played in two games and decided to retire at the end of the season.

Although his time was short with the Patriots, Bennett was the perfect acquisition at a time the team really needed a reliable tight end.