GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Martellus Bennett had just finished answering questions after Sunday’s loss at Atlanta and was on his way out of the visitor’s locker room at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when he offered this:
“That was my best [Bill] Belichick [impersonation],” Bennett said with a wink and a smile.
If the Green Bay Packers tight end learned anything from his season with the New England Patriots last year, it’s how to move on. Bennett didn’t quite answer every question with “We’re on to Cincinnati” like Belichick once did after a loss and with the Bengals next up on the schedule, but Bennett had that in mind.
“We had chances,” Bennett said after the loss to the Falcons and with the Bengals next up at Lambeau Field on Sunday. “I had a couple of plays that I could’ve made that I didn’t make today. For me, it’s just get back and get ready to go next week.”
Officially, Bennett dropped two passes against the Falcons.
But he had several more opportunities slip away.
If not for a couple of Falcons penalties, Bennett’s drop total would have doubled. Twice, Atlanta bailed him out -- once with a pass interference and another with a holding penalty away from the ball. Even though he caught five passes for 47 yards, it had to be considered a rough outing given that he was targeted 11 times.
He also was flagged for offensive pass interference on what officials ruled was a pick play that wiped out a 36-yard pass to Randall Cobb when it was a 17-7 game with the Packers driving. It was a call that the Packers argued vehemently.
But it’s the drops that should have the Packers concerned given how important Bennett is to their offense.
“It really just always goes back to being fundamentally sound, trusting his training,” Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said after watching the film. “He has really good hands. We just have to be fundamentally sound in those situations, not allowing the ball to cross your eyes, things like that, extending for the football. He’s obviously a special player but in that case it was more fundamentals than anything else.”
The offensive coordinator said he didn’t think Bennett’s relative lack of familiarity with quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a factor in the drops. They have played just two games together and got limited reps in the preseason.
“I just go back to the fundamentals of it,” Edgar Bennett said. “It’s as simple as that, to be honest with you.”