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Bennett on Twitter: 'They still sleeping on me'

Bennett on Twitter: 'They still sleeping on me'

Martellus Bennett can be particularly blunt when it comes to certain topics -- think NASA, or bacon -- but on Friday he got cryptic with one of his tweets. 

When Pro Football Focus' fantasy-specific account tweeted a stat recognizing Bennett as the top tight end in the league when it came to catch-percentage in 2016 (he secured 83 percent of the targets thrown his way), he responded by tweeting, "They still sleeping on me tho."

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Who's the "they" in question? Hard to say. It could be Pro Football Focus, which has garnered its share of criticism and coaches alike over the years for the way it grades. It could be the fantasy community at large. Maybe it's the league at large that is currently gauging his value as he prepares to hit free-agency.

Bennett just played a crucial role in the Patriots completing the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. He played 86 of 99 snaps against the Falcons and was the target of the pass that placed the Patriots on the two-yard line in overtime, setting them up for James White's game-winning score. 

Bennett played in 78.4 percent of the snaps this season for the Patriots and was leaned upon late with Rob Gronkowski out for the year. Despite dealing with ankle, shoulder and knee injuries during the season, Bennett finished fourth in the league among tight ends who played at least 75 percent of their team's snaps when it came to yards per catch, and he was second in that group in yards after the catch per reception. He was tied with Minnesota's Kyle Rudoph for touchdowns with seven, and he had more missed tackles than anyone else from that group aside from Kansas City's Travis Kelce.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder will turn 30 years old in March and will be an unrestricted free agent.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen signed a three-year, $22.5 million extension with $12 million guaranteed and an average annual value of $7.5 million during the 2015 offseason, just before his 30th birthday. Given his similarities to Bennett in age and durability -- Olsen has missed just two games in his career, while Bennett has missed only nine -- that could be the kind of deal Bennett is considering this offseason.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?

0:43 - Tom Curran, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley talk about Bill Belichick saying it’s “incomprehensible” that people expect the Patriots to be on the same level as last year at this point in the season.

11:55 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley discuss J.R. Smith’s comments about the Celtics not being a threat to the Cavaliers.

15:38 - Abby Chin, Chris Mannix, and A. Sherrod Blakely join BST from Cleveland to talk about Marcus Smart and the Celtics failing to agree to a contract extension, making him a restricted free agent in July. They also preview Tuesday’s Celtics-Cavaliers season opener.

19:25 - Reports say Alex Cora is the frontrunner for the Red Sox managerial position, but Brad Ausmus interviewed for the position on Monday. Who is the right man for the job? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marcus Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left , and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL's longest active losing streak against one team.

Mariota didn't move around much on a cool night after missing a game with a strained left hamstring, but still managed to throw for a season-high 306 yards. He completed each of his three passes on the drive that ended with Taylor's tiebreaking score.

The Titans (3-3) also snapped a two-game skid with the win.

Jacoby Brissett tried to rally the Colts (2-4) to a second straight overtime. But Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard forced Brissett out of bounds shy of the first down marker on fourth-and-inches with 2:19 left. Coach Chuck Pagano lost his challenge.

Derrick Henry then clinched the win for Tennessee with a 72-yard TD run with 47 seconds left. Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, finished with a career-high 131 yards on 19 carries. DeMarco Murray also scored.

The Titans looked like the NFL's worst scoring defense in the first half instead of Indianapolis, with Brissett directing the Colts to a 13-9 halftime lead. John Simon then intercepted Mariota's first pass of the third quarter and returned it 26 yards for a TD.

But the Titans forced the Colts to go three-and-out on three of their first four drives of the second half, and Avery Williamson stripped tight end Jack Doyle of the ball after a catch.

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