After being placed on waivers by the Green Bay Packers this Wednesday, veteran tight end Martellus Bennett has been claimed by the Patriots and will make his return to New England.
The former Pro Bowler was added to the Packers' the injury report during their bye week and did not start in their 30-17 loss to the Detroit Lions this Monday. Following his absence, he was placed on waivers after failing to report a shoulder injury.
Of course, there is speculation surrounding the legitimacy of the injury, considering the Packers' chances to win a Super Bowl this season have likely disappeared following Aaron Rodgers' season-ending injury. The speculation heightened as he made the announcement that he will be retiring following this season. Perhaps he was using the injury to get himself out of Green Bay, however I think I speak for all Patriots fans alike when I say, who cares?
Bennett played an a pivotal role in the Patriots' Super Bowl championship season in 2016 with 55 catches for 7 touchdowns and 701 yards. His return could prove to be key for the Patriots offense, as they have struggled in the red-zone this season. Dwayne Allen has ultimately been invisible as Bennett's replacement, as he has not recorded a single catch. This has largely contributed to the Patriots' struggles in the red-zone thus far, making Bennett's return all the more important to the Patriots' offense.
Photo: (Houston Chronicle)