GREEN BAY – Martellus Bennett showed the unique element he brings to the Packers’ offense with his three catches for 53 yards in Sunday’s 35-31 win over Dallas.
With all three of those receptions coming in the second half, Bennett sparked Green Bay’s offense with a 33-yard catch on quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ first pass of the third quarter.
The 6-foot-6, 275-pound tight end then pulled down two more passes on the Packers’ two touchdown-producing drives in the final two quarters for his biggest day in a Packers’ uniform.
“It’s important. Marty is a playmaker,” said Head Coach Mike McCarthy in his news conference before Thursday’s practice. “The catch in Dallas, that’s extraordinary. I think you always want to distribute the ball throughout your perimeter guys because it’s only natural they want to touch the ball and make plays.”
“When you put together your early thoughts of how you want to start the game, you definitely think of those plays you may try to get him the ball. But based on how they play, too, has a little bit to do with it.”
The Packers return to the practice field in pads Thursday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Left tackle David Bakhtiari, who has missed the past four games with a hamstring injury, was one of three players who were limited Wednesday, but McCarthy said he continues to make progress.
Cornerback Kevin King remains in the concussion protocol and was one of four players who didn’t practice Wednesday. Running back Ty Montgomery (ribs) was one of three listed on the injury report who were full participants and will again practice Thursday.
“The plan is to practice and see how he progresses,” McCarthy said. “This is an important practice. It’s our padded work. A lot of our evaluation and projection will come out of this practice.”