One of the Bears’ key offseason acquisitions made an impressive debut Friday in Bourbonnais.
Veteran tight end Martellus Bennett caught several passes in the team’s first training camp practice, something he did routinely last season with the New York Giants when he established career highs with 55 receptions, 626 yards and five touchdowns.
“I thought he had a good day,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We moved the ball around with him. We used him in the middle of the field. We threw the ball to him on some outside lanes.”
“I expect the ball every single play probably like every receiver in the game does,” Bennett said. “Every single play I think I’m going to get it. So I run every route expecting [the quarterback] to throw it to me. And then when I come back I always tell [the quarterback] I’m open.”
Bennett started all 16 games for the Giants last season after serving as Jason Witten’s backup for four years with the Dallas Cowboys. The 6-6, 265-pounder told reporters Friday that he’s “super excited” about the role he anticipates filling on the Bears offense this season.
“I’ve been working very hard with my routes and on my skill work outside and inside with the receivers, and the coaches have been doing a great job with me,” Bennett said. “Coach Trestman has been telling me all the things he expects from me so I can prepare for it.”
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