Patient Bennett admires rookie Jeffery
September, 12, 2012
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Earl Bennett isn't worried about targets. An accomplished veteran with 124 career receptions for 1,659 yards, Bennett knows he will get plenty of chances to make plays throughout the year, even if he was only targeted four times in the Week 1 win against the Colts.
Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesEarl Bennett's history against Green Bay may result in more targets for the veteran receiver on Thursday.
"You never know depending on the week or the team we are playing," Bennett said. "All we can do is look forward to this week and try to get off to a better start.
"When my number is called I just have to be ready and keep working hard."
However, Bennett made the most of whatever opportunities came his way in the regular season opener, catching three passes for 50 yards and nearly scoring on a 25-yard second quarter reception that was originally called a touchdown by the officials but later overturned thanks to instant replay.
"I thought I did (score)," Bennett said. "But when I saw the replay, I knew I didn't. But I can't let that happen. I got to get in there."
Bennett said he was pleased with the rookie debut of Alshon Jeffery who made three catches for 80 yards a touchdown and took the majority of the snaps when the Bears went with a two wide receiver set.
"He fits in well," Bennett said. "He's one of those guys with a big body that can stretch the field vertically. He can also go across the middle and catch the ball. He's done a great job especially as a rookie who's been able to come in and contribute right away."
Bennett has accounted for a couple of big plays versus the Packers the last two seasons, including a 35-yard touchdown in the 2010 NFC Championship Game and a 49-yard grab last December at Lambeau Field. So it would not be a surprise to see Bennett more involved in the passing game on Thursday night against an experienced Green Bay secondary led by future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson.
"They're a good secondary with Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson now back at the safety position," Bennett said. "They got some guys who can play back there. Woodson is doing the same thing he's always done (despite moving from cornerback to safety). Woodson is doing what he has always done in their scheme."