Martellus Bennett: 'Vengeance' in heart after Pack exit

Kevin C. Cox

Martellus Bennett could be making his season debut with the Patriots Sunday night.

"It's not about could you play, it's should you play", Bennett said.

Bennett says he chose to have surgery but the Packers team physician, Pat McKenzie, "didn't make me feel safe and was pushing to play".

"After trying to get (the shoulder surgically) fixed and getting waived", Bennett said, "you've got that vengeance in your heart like, 'All right, that's how you're going to do it?" You're like, 'All right, that's how you're going to do it?

Whatever happens from here on, his reunion with the Patriots begins Sunday night.

The Patriots took control of the Broncos early and now have a firm hold on the division and conference race. This came just days after the tight end was waived by the Green Bay Packers for failing to disclose a serious shoulder injury when he signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the team in the offseason. It's especially shady considering the Packers' struggles since Aaron Rodgers' injury and how well the Patriots have played recently. even without significant contributions from the backup tight end spot.

"Bill was like, 'Can you practice?'" Bennett said.

"When Bill [Belichick] called, I was like, 'No f-king way", Bennett said.

"I don't think it was easy for him, but he put a lot of work in", Brady said, via Last season, he was part of the squad that won Super Bowl 51. "It couldn't be a better place for me".

During the bye week, Bennett posted on Instagram that he was "pretty sure" he would retire at the end of the 2017 season. "I felt like it could be a real positive knowing how talented he is". "I (expletive) it up playing for the @packers". Not that he was trying to get me to play thru it but the way he was saying things.

He then ripped the Packers medical staff on Instagram, claiming that the team wanted to influence him to not get surgery on his injured shoulder.

So after finally breaking through in Sunday night's 41-16 win against the Denver Broncos with his first catch - an 11-yard touchdown in the third quarter - he said "it felt awesome to get that monkey off my back and to start heading in a positive direction". He passed a physical and played Sunday without issue. It's a crowded position with Rob Gronkowski, Bennett, Allen and rookie Jacob Hollister, whose role on special teams continues to grow.

"[Safety Will] Parks made a great play. Hopefully we can keep building on it".

That brings us to his postgame media availability, when Bennett met with the New England media for the first time and addressed some of the more pressing questions about his return to the Patriots.

The NFL record is 70, set by Vinny Testaverde.

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