FOXBORO, Mass. — We’d imagine LeGarrette Blount hasn’t been compared to a young deer too often in his NFL career. Then again, he’s also never had Martellus Bennett as a teammate until this season.
Bennett is known for his colorful soundbites, and the New England Patriots tight end had plenty to talk about Sunday after his team’s eventful 31-24 win over the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Among the highlights: Blount’s 26-yard run in the third quarter, in which the Patriots running back fully cleared Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell with an impressive hurdle.
So, what did Bennett think of his teammate’s hurdle? Take it away, Martellus:
“I don’t know how he keeps doing that. I said, ‘You got another one (Sunday), like, it’s pretty amazing that you just — (Maxwell) was standing straight up! LeGarrette doesn’t look like he can do that, then all of a sudden he does it. (He’s) like Bambi.”
Bambi isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you picture a 250-pound running back, but at this point, we know better to question Bennett’s quirky responses. Blount also showed some impressive nimbleness while rushing for a game-high 123 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.
Bennett had a nice day himself, hauling in five passes for 114 yards and a score. One of those catches included a vicious stiff arm on Maxwell and, not surprisingly, the veteran tight end had a colorful explanation for that play, too.
“Timing,” Bennett said when asked about the key to a successful stiff arm. “It’s like blocking shots. It’s just timing. Look like Dikembe Mutombo.”
Never change, Martellus.
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