Bill Belichick must be clairvoyant. He has the best tight end in the league in Rob Gronkowski, but he goes out and gets Bennett anyway in the spring of 2016. Gronk proceeds to have a variety of injuries and appears in only eight games, allowing Bennett to amass over 700 receiving yards.
Before teaming up with Gronk, he labored in the shadow of TE Jason Witten for four years in Dallas.
Bennett plays for the highest bidder. He was with Dallas his first four years, then a year with the Giants, three years with Chicago and the one-year contract with New England, before agreeing to three years with the Packers.
Bennett attracts fine quarterbacks like a magnet: first Tony Romo, then Eli Manning, then Tom Brady and now Aaron Rodgers.
Okay, I left out Jay Cutler. In 2013, their first year together, Bennett caught 65 passes for 759 and 5 TDs. In 2014, he caught 90 for 916 and 6 TDs, and though missing five games in 2015, he caught 54 for 439 and 3 TDs.
In 2014 he and his brother Reshaud released an album, Fast Food, on iTunes.
Bennett’s best season was with the Bears in 2014 – the only year he was named to the Pro Bowl squad.
At 6’6” and weighing from 265 to 276 pounds, he might be the biggest tight end in the league – Gronk, also 6’6”, is listed at 265.
The big guy ran a 4.68 40-yard dash – despite his size, that was 72nd percentile among tight ends.
Packers.com features a highlight reel of Bennett from his year with the Patriots – he’s a big yards-after-catch man.
Bennett rushed twice for 10 yards last year – the first rushes of his career.
In early 2017, Bennett said he would “most likely not” come to the White House if the Pats won the Super Bowl. A date has yet to be set for this traditional event.
He’s a children’s author. In 2016 he released his first book, Hey A.J. It’s Saturday.