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Earl Bennett

27-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Free Agent

2013 Receiving Stats

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32

Yds

243

TD

4

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7.6

Tar

43

2014 Receiving Projections

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After not catching a pass as a rookie, Bennett's receiving yards dropped every year he was in Chicago. The Browns signed him as insurance in case of a Josh Gordon suspension, but he was let go by the ...

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HT: 5' 11"   WT: 209   DOB: 3/23/1987  College: Vanderbilt  DRAFTED: 3rd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Released by the Browns in June of 2014.

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Bennett was released by the Browns on Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Earl Bennett NFL Stats
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  Receiving Rec Distance Big Rec Games Rushing Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Rec Yards TD Tar Avg YPT 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Att Yards Avg TD Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2008 21 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 - - - - - 0 0 0.0 0 - - - - - -
2009 22 16 54 717 2 89 13.3 8.1 15 1 - - - 0 0 0.0 0 - - - - - -
2010 23 Chi 14 46 561 3 70 12.2 8.0 7 1 1 0 0 2 9 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011 24 Chi 11 24 381 1 43 15.9 8.9 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 9 0 7 0 1 1
2012 25 Chi 12 29 375 2 49 12.9 7.7 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 24 0 2 0 0 0
2013 26 Chi 15 32 243 4 43 7.6 5.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Earl Bennett Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rec/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5
2008 21 10 0.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 0 - -
2009 22 16 5.2 8.6 6.9 3 45 8 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
2010 23 Chi 14 5.4 8.6 7.0 3 40 19 11 4 0 1 0 0 0
2011 24 Chi 11 4.0 6.2 5.1 2 35 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 25 Chi 12 4.1 6.5 5.3 2 31 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
2013 26 Chi 15 3.2 5.4 4.3 2 16 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
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Earl Bennett – Playing Time Overview

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Snap Count Stats

511

Offensive Snaps in 2013

Earl Bennett was on the field for 511 of his team's snaps on offense in 2013.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2013

Earl Bennett was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2013.

Year Off ST
2011 - -
2012 420 30
2013 511 0
Earl Bennett 2013 Game Log
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Week Opp Off ST Rec Yards TD Tar Avg 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5

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Earl Bennett: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Bennett signed with the Browns on Thursday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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In the midst of the recent NFL draft, the proposition of the Browns playing the 2014 season without Josh Gordon due to a potential suspension came to light. When they proceeded to tab other positions rather than wideout with their remaining picks, it was clear that the free-agent market would soon be scoured. Thus enters Bennett, who spent the last five years as a steady target for the Bears' Jay Cutler. Bennett's final three campaigns included target totals of 43, 49, and 44 en route to a combined 85 catches for 999 yards and seven touchdowns across 38 games. With more potential for looks with the Browns, he'll be someone to watch closely during the preseason to learn of his new role.
The Bears have released Bennett, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Bennett finished the 2013 season with 32 catches for 243 yards and four touchdowns.

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Bennett (personal) is inactive for Sunday's game against Green Bay.

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Bennett (personal) is questionable for Sunday's game against Green Bay.

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Bennett is away from the Bears in order to tend to a family issue in Texas.

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Bennett caught two passes for 12 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. He also was on the receiving end of a two-point conversion on the Bears' lone touchdown in the game.

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Bennett reeled in four catches for 23 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Browns.

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Bennett caught two passes for 18 yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception, in Monday's 45-28 beatdown of the Cowboys.

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Bennett caught two passes on three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

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Bennett reeled in all eight of his targets for 58 yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Rams.

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Those numbers were far and away season highs for Bennett, who had compiled just seven catches for 49 yards over the previous six weeks combined. His relatively big day seemed to be mostly the product of quarterback Josh McCown attempting 47 passes, as the Bears trailed for most of the game, forcing the team to largely abandon the run and employ more three- and four-wideout sets. Bennett likely won't see nearly as much involvement next week against the Vikings in what should be a more competitive game than Sunday's.
Bennett caught two passes on three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

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Bennett didn't receive a single target in Monday's win over the Packers.

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Though Bennett was coming off a game in which he posted season-highs for receptions (three), yardage (24) and targets (four), backup Josh McCown didn't look his way a single time despite attempting 41 passes in the game. Bennett figures to see more involvement offensively next week against the Lions with Jay Cutler expected to return, but as little more than the fifth receiving option for the Bears, his upside remains limited.

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2013

After an injury-riddled 2011, Bennett again missed time with a hand injury and a concussion last year. Even when he was healthy, he wasn't a significant factor, though his meager 29 catches and 375 yards were second among Bears WR to Brandon Marshall's totals. At 6-0, 206, Bennett has just average size and speed, but he's a good receiver out of the slot with toughness, route-running skills and reliable hands. He's also had a good rapport with Jay Cutler since their days at Vanderbilt. That said, second-year man Alshon Jeffery is likely to see a bigger role, and Bennett is unlikely to stretch the field or see much work in the red zone.

2012

Jay Cutlerís favorite receiver dating back to his college days, Bennett missed most of the first half of the year with a chest injury before returning in Week 9 and recording three straight games of 75-plus yards. Then Cutler went down in Week 12, and Bennett was scarcely heard from again. The Bears apparently recognized Bennettís rapport with his quarterback as they signed Bennett to a four-year, $18 million extension in December. At 6-0, 206, Bennett has just average size, and heís not especially fast. But he runs great routes, has reliable hands and is tough enough to catch balls in the middle of the field. In short, heís an ideal possession/slot receiver alongside the bigger and more dynamic Brandon Marshall, (Cutlerís other favorite receiver), who should draw most of the coverage. Maybe the Bears will get Devin Hester more involved (something they vow to do every year and on which they rarely follow through), and maybe second-round pick Alshon Jeffrey supplants him as the teamís possession option at some point, but our moneyís on Bennett being the most targeted wideout on the team after Marshall.

2011

Jay Cutler's battery-mate at Vanderbilt, Bennett went from fourth on the depth chart when the season started to the team's most reliable possession option as the year went on. In the end, the per-play averages (8.0 YPT, 12.2 YPC) were solid for the role, but the season-long totals (561 yards and three TDs) were nothing special. At 6-1, 205 and with average speed, Bennett's skills don't jump out, but he runs good routes, is tough enough to catch balls over the middle, has good hands (only 1 drop) and works well with Cutler. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz admitted he underestimated Bennett before last season and vowed to give him a bigger role. There's PPR upside here, but the addition of Roy Williams may have cut into that.

2010

Jay Cutlerís Vanderbilt teammate, Bennett had a significant role last year with 81 targets, 54 catches and a respectable 8.1 yards-pertarget mark. At 6-1, 205, Bennett served mainly as a possession receiver ó just one catch of 40 yards or more ó and didnít see much work in the red zone ó just eight targets all year. Heís got decent speed and is tough enough to work in the middle of the field. Bennettís worth consideration because the teamís wide receiver depth chart is unsettled, and in Mike Martzís offense, whoever emerges as a mainstay should produce.

2009

The pecking order among the Chicago receiving corps is unsettled, which means any one of them Ė Devin Hester, Rashied Davis, rookie Juaquin Iglesias and Bennett - could step up and become Jay Cutlerís top target. Weíll single out Bennett here because of his decent size (6-0, 205), good speed and toughness and his history with Cutler in college (the two played together at Vanderbilt). Bennett didnít catch a single pass last year (though he did return a kick for a score) and had trouble picking up the offense, but these picks are all about upside.

2008

The Bears selected Bennett in the third round of April's draft and expect him to contribute in his rookie season. The Bears are decidedly weak at wide receiver, and Bennett could easily put himself in a position to make an impact with a big training camp. Look for him to break camp as the third or fourth receiver, but plenty of opportunities abound. Unfortunately, the Bears' passing game doesn't appear to be a strength and could greatly limit Bennett's upside in his rookies year.