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Martellus Bennett comments on the challenge of playing alongside Rob Gronkowski

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Earlier this week, the Chicago Bears traded tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots in one of the biggest moves of the offseason so far.

The Bears sent the Pro Bowl tight end along with a sixth-round pick to the Patriots, in exchange for a fourth-round pick, according to reports.

He will now join up with quarterback Tom Brady, and fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski, and it looks like New England could revive the famous 1-2 tight end punch they had with Gronk and Aaron Hernandez before the latter was sent to prison.


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Bennett is looking forward to playing alongside the 26-year-old in Patriots' colors, according to

He said: "I think Gronk has always been an awesome tight end and I look forward to learning more from him. There are some things that he does that I don't do and I'm pretty sure there's a lot that I do that he doesn't do. It will be good to challenge and push each other and continue to help us grow as individual player(s) and as well as a tandem to do what we can to help the team."

Across the last two seasons, Gronkowski and Bennett have ranked second and fourth in catches per game among the league's tight ends respectively. This is why so many people are talking about the Patriots bringing back the two tight end formation more because they have two quality players that can deliver in that position.

The former Bears tight end said he was never worried about being traded, and that he has no hard feelings towards his previous team.

He said: "I already knew that it was a possibility. I just didn't know where or what or when or how it was going to happen. I knew that the possibility was coming. Just like any other thing in life you just be prepared to make sure you flow where the wind goes. Try to be a dandelion.

"I don't think it didn't work out in Chicago. I thought I played very well in Chicago. I had great numbers. Did some great things. Had my first Pro Bowl there ... coaching change, organization change. The guys I came and played for changed. So it was just one of those just another change."

Now he has been inserted into a better offense - which has improved even further this offseason thanks to the additions of Chris Hogan at wide receiver from the Buffalo Bills, and Jonathon Cooper on the offensive line from the Arizona Cardinals - there is the possibility he could be selected for many more Pro Bowls in the future.

The Bears had been looking to move Bennett on for the past 18 months, and they have managed to receive a fourth-round pick in return, so everyone has benefitted from this trade.

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