New England Patriots’ tight end Martellus Bennett is active against the Buffalo Bills, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. Bennett did not practice on Friday due to an ankle injury while he originally injured the ankle during the Patriots’ Week 7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 29-year-old has been a huge part of New England’s offense so far this season en route to catching 27 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns.
Bennett, who played his collegiate football at Texas A&M, was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second-round (61st pick overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Due to Jason Witten’s presence in Dallas, Bennett did not get much of an opportunity during his four years with the Cowboys. His best marks with Dallas were 33 receptions (2010), 283 yards (2008) and four touchdowns (2008).
As a matter of fact, outside of his four scores during his rookie campaign, Bennett did not record a single touchdown the rest of the way for the Cowboys. It wasn’t until he signed with the New York Giants in 2012 that he finally broke out, registering 55 catches for 626 yards and five touchdowns.
Since then, Bennett has been one of the better tight ends in the league, reaching the Pro Bowl in 2014 when he racked up 916 yards and six scores off of 90 receptions with the Chicago Bears. The Patriots landed Bennett in a trade with the Bears this past offseason and it has certainly been paying off.
New England is looking to avenge their only loss of the season when they take on the Bills on Sunday as Buffalo shutout the Patriots, 16-0, back on Oct. 2.