GM hoping for rebound from Bennett: Bears GM Phil Emery told the media on Monday he hopes to see more from Earl Bennett in 2013. "Earl showed us his talent (at Detroit in Week 17)," he said. "That catch and run, he showed, I think, everybody, he has a little bit more zip than sometimes, as fans -- and I'm one of them -- give him credit for. Took the ball around the seam and he was gone. He's had numerous midfield catches in his career. Whether it was him not having a fast start because he had an ankle in camp, he missed a little preseason, or the concussions, I don't know." (Updated 1/2/13)
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Emery's upbeat comments on Bennett suggest that the receiver will remain in the Bears' plans. Bennett played in 12 games and caught 29 passes for 275 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with 109 yards and a score coming against the Lions in Week 17. Staying healthy is crucial for Bennett, who has missed games in each of the last three years. Going forward he's nothing more than a low-end waiver option as a one-week replacement. (Updated 1/2/13).
Earl Bennett shouldn't be on anyone's Fantasy radar after a third straight season of mediocre production and injuries. Over the past three years he has totaled 99 catches for 1,317 yards and six touchdowns --numbers Brandon Marshall beat in one season by himself. Even if Bennett lands the slot receiver's role for the Bears he just isn't expected to be productive for Fantasy purposes. (Updated 4/25/13)