27-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
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 ...
Earl Bennett Contract Information:
Released by the Browns in June of 2014.
Bennett was released by the Browns on Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Earl Bennett: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)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.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)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.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)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.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.