The New England Patriots have done it again. Tom Brady may have missed the first four games of the 2016 NFL season, and Rob Gronkowski is officially done for the year with a season-ending injury, but the Patriots won the AFC East division title while also locking up the top seed in the conference.
One reason the team was able to continue firing on all cylinders once arguably their second-best players, Gronkowski, went down for the season was Martellus Bennett. The first-year Patriot has given the team some much-needed depth at tight end and with free agency looming, the 29-year-old Bennett wants to stay with the team, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
“I love it here,” Bennett told reporters on Thursday. “We’ll figure it out when it’s time to figure it out, but my family loves it here, I love being a part of this team, this organization, and this city. When it comes around, it comes around. I’m not really tripping, like I said. I save my money pretty good. I’ve got a good, diverse portfolio, so I’m not really tripping right now.”
With Gronkowski always being a concern for the team health-wise, the Patriots bringing back Bennett after this season makes a lot of sense. Bennett clearly fits in with this team and could help the Patriots pave the way to another Super Bowl title.
Bennett may not be on the level of Gronkowski in terms of talent and sheer dominance on the football field, but he definitely gets the job done and is as durable a tight end in the league today. Bennett has played all 16 games six times in his career missing a total of seven games in the nine seasons he's played in the NFL.
In 16 games this season, Bennett has caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.