PatriotsMartellus Bennett: Tom Brady ‘easier to play with’ than Aaron Rodgers

Martellus Bennett: Tom Brady ‘easier to play with’ than Aaron Rodgers

Tom Brady and Martellus Bennett in 2016.
Tom Brady and Martellus Bennett in 2016. –Jim Davis/ Globe Staff

Martellus Bennett is in a rare club of NFL players: He’s caught passes from both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

Bennett, who retired after the 2017 season, was asked to name the best quarterback he ever played with during an interview on “The Doug Gottlieb Show.” He broke down the attributes of the two stars.

“I think that no one has more arm talent than Aaron,” Bennett explained. “Aaron can do pretty much anything with the ball. I feel like Tom is really precise, easier to play with. I’d say [it] was easier to play with Tom than anybody else.”


Gottlieb asked Bennett a follow-up question about why Brady was “easier to play with”:

He just makes the game easy, like what he expects, where he wants you to be, and where he’s putting the ball. It’s just repetition. He does so many repetitions with you, whether it’s mental reps, physical reps, or walk-through, he’s always letting you know. He communicates the best of what he expects. The communication between him and the receiver is probably on the highest level of what you like to do, what he likes to throw. If he sees something, if you ask him to do something, he’ll try it, and he’s like, “Oh yeah, let’s go with that.”

Arriving in a trade in 2016, Bennett helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LI, hauling in a career-high seven touchdown receptions during the regular season.

In the following offseason, he left for the Packers in free agency, but failed to settle. He was waived by Green Bay on Nov. 8, 2017 due to circumstances surrounding an injury. Bennett rejoined the Patriots shortly afterward, but only appeared in two games before being placed on injured reserve.