Life has to be swell for a guy like Martellus Bennett. The 30-year-old Green Bay Packers tight end has caught passes from quarterbacks Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Jay Cutler and now for 2017, Aaron Rodgers.
Bennett, who owns 4,287 receiving yards and 30 career TDs, was on NFL Network recently to discuss the different between Brady and Rodgers. He signed in Green Bay earlier this offseason.
Switching from one great to another wasn't "by chance. That was strategic."
"With playing with Tom, it was a lot of coaching -- like little things," Bennett said. "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.
Bennett hauled in 701 yards and seven touchdowns in New England's Super Bowl-winning season last year. It was the third-most receiving yards over his nine years in the league. However, his seven scores was the most he'd ever compiled.
"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. 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."
Interestingly, Bennett said Rodgers is the best QB he's ever played with, not Brady. Brady was second, with, and Tony Romo rounding out the pack.
Despite the No. 2 ranking, Bennett still gave Brady some mighty praise:
"Tom is arguably the greatest to ever play the game. A great teacher, a great teammate, great person," Bennett said. "But I just learned a lot about football just from him. He taught me so much more. I'm a way better player this year than last year after leaving the. I thought I grew as a player a lot just learning how to play and being in a role."