In his lone season with the New England Patriots, tight end Martellus Bennett set a new career high with seven touchdown receptions and won his first Super Bowl ring, all with Tom Brady at the helm, save for the four-game suspension the quarterback served at the beginning of the season.
But despite all that, the outspoken tight end called Brady just the second-best quarterback he’s played with during his NFL career. His answer may have been political, however, as he pegged the two-time MVP second only to Bennett’s newest quarterback, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
“With playing with Tom, it was a lot of coaching—like little things,” Bennett said on Total Access. “Like the way he wanted you to get your head around quicker because he wants to get the ball out of his hands a little bit faster. So usually if I’m running a deep over route and I’m catching it 17 yards on the number on the other side, with Tom, he might throw it in between the ‘backers. So if there’s a little opening, he’s ready to let it go right there. Just trying to see the game how he sees the game.”
On top of having an edge by being Bennett’s current QB, the tight end said Rodgers’ athleticism sets him apart.
“And with Aaron, his ball is a little bit different. He’s a little more athletic, and he can whip things a little bit different, you know,” Bennett said. “So he doesn’t have to set his feet all the way to throw the ball 80 yards or anything like that. But me and him, it’s all the same thing. Like, my body language is totally different for him.”
Still, his rankings are to be taken with a hefty dose of salt—after Rodgers and Brady, Bennett ranked Jay Cutler ahead of Eli Manning and Tony Romo on the list of QBs he’s played with.
In August 2016, Martellus seemed to agree with brother Michael Bennett that Cutler was the worst signal caller in the league.
“Worst quarterback in the NFL,” Michael told ESPN.
“I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage,” Martellus followed.