Former Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura was on Wilde and Tausch this morning comparing former Packers tight end Jared Cook to current Packers tight end Martellus Bennett.
Chmura suggested Bennett is a better blocker (he is), but Cook is a better pass catcher. Bennett thought that was pretty funny.
So who is the better pass catcher?
Statistically, Bennett is superior.
Bennett’s season highs for catches and yardage are 90 and 916. Cook’s are 52 and 759. Both guys are big and athletic, but Bennett is actually the better receiver.
Cook’s highest catch percentage in a season was 64.4 percent. He’s hovered around 60 percent in most seasons, but had two at 52 percent. That’s where his reputation for dropping balls comes from.
Bennett has had a catch percentage above 70 four times in his career, with a high of 75.3 last season. He’s been between 65 and 70 percent in three other seasons.
That should put this discussion to rest.