Chicago Bears 2013 Breakout Candidate: Martellus Bennett

By Nick Mamary
Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Attitude is something that comes often when dealing with professional athletes. Many of these individuals fail to constantly be on the same page as their coaches and teammates. Certain cases result in preventing them from realizing full potential. Free agent receiver Terrell Owens basically caused teams to ignore him late in his career with a horrible and sometimes eccentric personality. Another player has received more chances despite perception.

Martellus Bennett has potential to be dynamic. Both blocking and receiving are areas where he is proficient. The Dallas Cowboys let Bennett walk after 2011 due to poor locker room presence and he was signed by their NFC East rival New York Giants. Bennett set career highs with 55 receptions and five touchdowns. He also appeared to fit in well to these new surroundings. A decision to not resign Bennett was something that I found to be surprising. Joining the Chicago Bears grants him another chance to make an impact.

Being paired with strong armed quarterback Jay Cutler allows for plays down the middle. Star wide out Brandon Marshall enjoys a great connection with Cutler as the two have produced 24 touchdowns in three seasons together. Alshon Jeffery has tremendous upside and these two playmakers should allow Bennett to have single coverage. He replaces Kellen Davis who is very athletic, but only accounted for 19 receptions and two touchdowns last season. Chicago’s new tight end appears to be on an upwards trend after not scoring a touchdown in three of his four years. He will likely continue this progress in 2013.

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