Bennett is just the latest player to make his way from Athens to Cincinnati with the Bengals having a host of former Dawgs on their roster. The best of them is All-Pro receiver A.J. Green, who Bennett got to watch while redshirting during the 2010 season.
As Bennett told Bengals.com, Green was simply the best receiver he's ever seen in person.
"As a freak,’ said Bennett before Wednesday’s practice when asked what he remembered about Green during their one year together in Athens. "Awesome guy. Real down to earth. He’s the best receiver in the NFL and he stills acts like he’s one of the guys. That’s pretty cool . . . He had a catch against Colorado one-handed. He brought it down in the corner of the end zone. I still remember it clear as day. Best receiver I’ve ever seen in my life with my own two eyes."
Bennett was a fairly productive player in college while lining up primarily as a slot receiver in Georgia's run-heavy offense. What did him in was two torn ACLs, that second of which coming in bowl practice at the end of 2014. That put Bennett on a recovery timetable that has him just now getting to 100-percent health almost three weeks into NFL training camps.
"The perception is it takes nine to 12 months," Bennett said of the ACL reconstruction. "But really, at six months the graft is totally healed and you’re good to go. It’s up the athlete at that point."
As long as Bennet is healthy, he should be able to make a run for a spot on the practice squad. Assuming the Bengals keep Mario Alford on the final 53-man roster, there's 1-2 spots on the practice squad for receivers, which Jake Kumerow, Desmond Lawrence, and Tevin Reese are also vying for. It's possible Kumerow makes the 53-man roster and leaves one less competitor for Bennett.
Here are some college highlights of Bennett, as well as thoughts from his former head coach, Mark Richt: