CHICAGO (WLS) -- Martellus Bennett grew up watching Antonio Gates. The long time Chargers Tight End has been the example of college basketball player turned football rock star thanks to his consistent relationship with San Diego QB Philip Rivers. "You try to watch his tape, see you can learn from him, but you can't... he's got more freedom in the offense than most tight ends would have."
Bennett stopped short of saying he was jealous of that, but admitted he'd like to be afforded that same opportunity in the Bears offense. Adding he's the teams 3rd or 4th option at receiver, and he's just trying to be a good employee and do whatever is asked, and eventually they will come his way.
Does he say anything in the huddle? " that wouldn't be a good employee. I just put my head down and go to work... cuz if you say something you become the A$#-hole, even if it is valid points. Hmmm, Martellus Bennett leads the Bears with 37 receptions thru 7 games. We'll hear from the offense on Friday.
Meantime, Shea McClellin returned to practice on a limited basis. Defensive Co-ordinator Vic Fangio on what the team has missed with him out: " his good play for one and he's the quarterback of the defense, so we've missed that." Shea was glad to be back, adding as tough as it was to be away, it gave him a chance to work on his mental game. If he's able to go, that part will be stressed big time in San Diego. Philip Rivers is the league's number one passer, and despite being down his top target (Keenan Allen on IR) - has 5 other receivers with more than 20 receptions.
Rivers makes a beat up, 2 win Chargers team very dangerous. But it also provides opportunity for defensive redemption. The pass rush has been nothing but inconsistent, and the secondary learned the hard way they determine ultimate results. Antrel Rolle telling me unfortunately the Bears have had plenty of practice at forgetting they let a WIN slip away. But they need to bounce back with attitude and a strong finish... doing that against the leagues best offense would be a sweet reward for win #3.