The 10 Most Important Bears of 2013 - #8 Martellus Bennett

Apparently finding a picture of Martellus Bennett in a Bears uniform is as rare as finding a pic of an actual Black Unicorn. - Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

For the 5th straight year, I'm bringing you who I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the 2013 season. After naming a few defensive players at 10 and 9, we finally get to the offense, and new tight end Martellus Bennett checks in at #8.

Martellus Bennett set career highs across the board last season in New York. After playing as the #2 tight end in Dallas, the Giants added him as a free agent to be their top TE in 2012. His 55 catches, 626 yards, and 5 touchdowns last year aren't considered elite receiving numbers for a tight end, but when you factor in the other aspect of his job, blocking, you understand why some consider him a top flight tight end.

The last time Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had an honest to goodness receiving threat at tight end, he built a very good rapport with Greg Olsen. That is until Mike Martz decided the position was irrelevant.

In 2009 while running the Ron Turner version of the West Coast Offense, Olsen went for 60 receptions, 612 yards, and 8 TDs. He was Cutler's top target that year, and even while running the Martzfense in 2010, Olsen still had 41, 404, and 5.

In Cutler's two years starting all 16 games for Denver, his TEs accounted for over 70 receptions each season, and both those seasons saw Brandon Marshall go over 100 receptions.

So for those of you that are afraid that Cutler would still do nothing but force feed his pal Marshall, that should ease your concern. The 2013 season could very well be the most pass happy in team history, so there will be plenty of balls to go around.

The bottom line is, Jay Cutler will utilize his tight end. And when the tight end is as big, strong, athletic, and as fast as Martellus Bennett, we can expect Bennett to flirt with setting career highs across the board again.

If somehow Bennett isn't able to play, the depth behind him is untested. There is some raw talent and a bit of potential in the group, but no track record of NFL success.

If Bennett can fit into the offense like most assume he will, this will be an exciting season.

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