When the Green Bay Packers signed tight end Martellus Bennett two weeks ago, they got more than just the top tight end on the free agent market and a great new weapon for Aaron Rodgers. They got a quirky, open, friendly person who refuses to censor himself and dearly cares for his family, particularly his wife and young daughter.
As his addition to the Packers' roster has caused us to begin paying more attention to Bennett's comments outside of football, we are learning more and more about Bennett the man in addition to Bennett the football player. This week, he weighed in on the NFL's efforts to define what touchdown celebrations are appropriate, which prompted us to look back and find out a little bit more about what makes him tick. In that vein, we found an examination of his background and family, and how those aspects of his life inspire him and affect his play on the field.
That and much more is here in today's curds.
Jayrone Elliott looks to seize the moment in 2017 | Packers.com
Elliott received texts and phone calls from a whole bunch of his teammates after signing his contract for 2017, but it was a former teammate - Julius Peppers - whose message meant the most to the fourth-year linebacker.
Martellus Bennett speaks out against NFL’s video to teach players how to celebrate - SBNation.com
Bennett clearly won't change his personality just because he's coming to Green Bay, and he has a pretty valid idea of something else that the league should focus on.
A new age father-daughter bond — The Undefeated
Here's a piece from last summer, when Bennett finished a children's book that he hopes will help children of all backgrounds to dream big. He also talks about being at his best as a football player when he's happy and spending time with his family, so hopefully he'll have that opportunity this season.
PFF scouting report: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State | PFF
If the Packers want to add talent at wideout and plan to move Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison around a bit more next season, Godwin could be an intriguing option on day two of the draft.
Exploring ways of filling roster holes | Packersnews.com
Draft, draft, draft. That's pretty much the consensus for most of the big needs on the roster at this point. The one where I think the Packers might make a shrewd move is if they do sign Byron Bell to compete at right guard, but otherwise the team's needs align nicely with this year's deep positions in the draft.
Vikings announce Latavius Murray underwent surgery - NFL.com
Murray had a knee ligament repaired this week and should be out for about three months - that likely means he will miss all the on-field work in OTAs and minicamp, but would probably be ready for training camp.