‘Aviator’ sports editor weigh in on Martellus Bennett situation


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Greg Bintz: The Packers recently waived tight end Martellus Bennett, who was quickly picked up off the waiver wire by his former team, the New England Patriots. Bennett claims that the Packers “tried to (explicit) over” him by attempting to “persuade me to play thru a major injury”. His injuries are now reportedly a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Personally, I don’t think Bennett’s account of the story is true. The Packers’ training staff is one of the best-known and most widely recognized staffs across the NFL. On top of that, Aaron Rodgers, John Kuhn, Jermichael Finley, James Jones, and Jordy Nelson (all current or former star Packers players) even shoved aside claims like Bennett’s. Also, after much speculation, it has seemed that Bennett may have quit on the team because of Rodgers’ collarbone injury week 6 in Minnesota. Furthermore, Bennett claimed via his Instagram story that he “chose surgery”. Yet, just a day after the Patriots claimed him off waivers, he practiced with the Patriots and even caught all three targets for 38 yards in Sunday night’s 41-16 blowout win at Denver. This whole situation has been very awkward and pathetic. Erik Scalavino of Patriots.com called the situation a “Quick turn-around for Bennett”. No kidding!

Zach Goblisch: The Packers had a very valid reason for dropping the Super Bowl Champion tight end. He wasn’t worth it; in fact, he was terrible. Bennett was not putting up the numbers that we needed, especially in the dire situation that the Packers are in. He had just 233 yards on 24 receptions, slotting Bennett 22nd in receiving yards amongst NFL tight ends. Now, Bennett feels the need to go out and tear the Packers upper management apart because he was “forced to play through a major injury.” Following these absurd accusations, notable players such as Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers along with former Packers John Kuhn and James Jones have come out and denied any claim of Dr. McKenzie forcing players to play through any injury. When it all boils down to it, this appears to be Bennett crying wolf and blaming other people for the fact that he couldn’t do what Green Bay asked and then got hurt. Until any solid evidence is presented, I refuse to believe such blasphemy.

 

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