Bennett makes presence felt in return

November, 8, 2011
11/08/11
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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and coach Lovie Smith were happy to have receiver Earl Bennett back on the field after he missed five games with an internal torso injury.

Bennett led the Bears with five catches and 95 yards in their 30-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Bennett also scored a touchdown.

"It really felt great to be out there tonight and Jay did a great job getting me the ball," Bennett said. "Overall I felt that our offense moved the ball really well.

"It was tough [sitting out], man. It hurt me. It was bad because I love playing the game and I'm a competitor. I just wanted to help my team win. I was frustrated for a minute, but I'm glad I'm back now."

Bennett said the touchdown pass was a matter of Cutler reading the defense.

"Originally it was supposed to be a shuttle pass but Jay really read the defense well and saw me break out," Bennett said. "He threw me a perfect pass.

Bennett re-established himself as Cutler's favorite target.

"You can see, the production he gives, he’s a safety valve out there, makes plays after the catch," Cutler said. "He’s a really good receiver."

Bennett was hurt in the second game of the season when New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper hit him square in the chest with his helmet in the first half of the Bears' 30-13 defeat.

But he showed no rust Monday night.

"He's just a steady player who can do a lot of things for you," Smith said. "He made a lot of big plays tonight.

"For a guy like Earl, when you haven’t played in a long time, you’re anxious to get back out there on the football field and show people what we’ve been missing. He gave us a boost."

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