College: Texas A&M
Experience: 2nd Year
Stats for 2008
The ball was thrown to Bennett 27 times in 2008 and he caught 20 of them; that’s 74%.
Romo threw to Bennett 17 times, he caught 11 of them.
Johnson threw to Bennett 5 times; he caught all 5 of them.
Bollinger threw to Bennett 5 times; he caught 4 of them.
Week 7 was Bennett’s “coming out” party. Verses the Rams he caught 2 passes for 67 yards and 1 TD from B.Johnson.
Week 1-6 Bennett was thrown to 8 times by Romo and caught only 3 of them for 57 yards; 5 were incomplete. A little bit of a rocky start.
Week 7-9 (when Romo was injured) Bennett came into his own. During those three games he was thrown to 9 times and caught 8 of them for 124 yards. By this time Garrett had his number.
So when Romo was back on the field in week 11 (week 10 was a bye) his next three passes to Bennett all go for TDS!!! 25 yards, 1 yard, and 16 yards.
Notice this: From week 11 to week 17, after Romo’s return, Bennett was thrown to 10 times and caught 9 of them. I like those sticky hands!
Here is a breakdown of his attempted receptions (complete and incomplete):
10 - Short right
9 - Short left
3 - Deep middle
2 - Deep left
2 - Deep right
1 – Short mid
It is obvious that the short right and left passes represent his main target zone.
However, some of his TDs come on those DEEP passes both right and left.
Bennett was only charged with 3 penalties all year:
1 false start; which happen to be on a 4th and 1 verses STL; we had to settle for a FG.
2 holding calls
Bennett was also used on a Reverse – he handed the ball to TO in week 11.
In 2008, he caught balls all over the field, right, left, middle, short, long, in the flat, on screens, etc.
The farther into the season he got, his hands were like glue, he caught 17 of the last 19 balls thrown to him.
I can hardly wait to see how much better he becomes in 2009. With Bennett and Witten on the field at the same time, what are opposing defenses going to do?