Earl Bennett stopped to see Mike Martz on the new offensive coordinator's first full day at Halas Hall on Monday, according to a story on ChicagoBears.com.
"He made a great impression," Bennett told the team's website. "He's a mastermind offensive coach who's going to spread the ball around and wants to take us to that next level. I'm ready to work hard for him."
Bennett should be excited about playing in Martz's system, which emphasizes receivers. After not catching a pass as a rookie, Bennett grabbed 54 passes for 717 yards and two touchdowns last season and it is hoped that he will play a bigger role in coming seasons.
"I think we'll definitely build off those last two games and just look at what we did well and move forward," Bennett said. "Jay's a great quarterback, and this season coming up is going to be wonderful."
One of the reasons often cited for why Bennett didn't play more as a rookie was the difficulty he had learning assignments for multiple receiver positions. Although Martz's system is among the most complex in the league to learn, and one person familiar with it said it takes three years to fully implement, Bennett isn't intimidated.
"I'm not concerned at all," he told ChicagoBears.com. "I'm pretty sure that all of us will be able to get it. I'll be dialed into my position. We've just got to come in and understand our playbook, and I'm sure all of us will get it."