After missing practice on Friday, New England Patriots’ tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle) is expected to play on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. He was previously deemed questionable before Saturday.
Holding Bennett out of practice was a precautionary move and his ankle should not hamper the team’s game plan with their two-tight end sets that also include Rob Gronkowski. Since quarterback Tom Brady returned in Week 5, the two have combined for five touchdowns with Bennett hauling in three scores during Brady’s debut.
It is also worth noting that Brady has yet to throw a touchdown to a wide receiver this season.
However, since that Week 5 performance, Bennett’s numbers have dipped with each week. He went from three touchdowns and 67 yards against the Cleveland Browns to 48 yards and five yards in the following weeks, partially due to his ankle injury.
Should the veteran pass catcher aggravate the injury, Gronkowski would be left as the only tight end on the Patriots’ roster.
As a result of the past three games, he has combined for 364 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a league-leading 22.8 yards per reception in that span. Bennett has been Brady’s possession target, averaging just 10 yards per catch compared to 13.7 yards with Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garropolo under center. With Brissett playing in the Patriots’ Week 4 meeting with the Bills, Bennett had a team-leading 109 yards on five receptions in the 16-0 loss.
Even so, Brady’s presence will surely aid the Patriots’ offensive attack as the team will look to avoid being shutout by the Bills for a second time.