It's only been one day, but it seems like new addition Martellus Bennett has already had an effect on Rob Gronkowski. When talking with the media after practice, Gronk was overjoyed with his new partner in crime. Said the All-Pro, "he's great, a great guy to work with. He's football smart. He came in here and has picked up the playbook very well, which is super, super beneficial here in our offense. So that's super good to see."
Adding more, Gronkowski said that "It's [sic] another guy who is super talented and just wants me to push harder too. Seeing his athleticism and how he gets off the ball, I can bring it in my game, use some of his routes. He can use some of mine, so it's great to work off each other." With nothing but praise for the former Chicago Bear, it definitely seems like the two will have fantastic chemistry for (hopefully) years to come. And after spending much of Thursday's practice working together with Tom Brady, it looks like Bennett is already working hard to impress the future Hall-of-Famer. As Gronk noted, "Marty [Bennett] being kind of a rookie in this offense, it's cool to see everyone work together, help each other out, go over and get some extra work." In a characteristic finish, he concluded with, "There's no such thing as not enough work."
It's definitely a good sign for the team that the two tight ends are running on all cylinders. While the Patriots tried to create a magic pair last year with Gronk and Scott Chandler, Chandler never got off the ground because of nagging injuries and drop problems, and was used more as a blocker. While Bennett is a capable blocker as well, his trademark is his receiving ability. Over his three-year tenure with the Bears (43 games played), he racked up 208 receptions for 2114 yards and 14 TDs. With the two of them stretching defenses and paving the way for running backs, the sky is the limit for the New England offense.
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