PRO CAREER: Has caught 153 passes for 2,034 yards (13.3 avg) and 8 TDs over the last five seasons (2008-12) with the Bears… All 153 receptions and 2,034 receiving yards have come in last four seasons after spending 2008 mostly on special teams… Ranks second on team in receptions and receiving yards since 2009… Played in 63 career games, including 26 starts... Posted two 100-yard receiving games... Carried the ball 2 times for 9 yards (4.5 avg)... Returned 17 punts for 169 yards (9.9 avg) and 1 TD and 5 kickoffs for 73 yards (14.6 avg)… Tallied 4 career special teams tackles.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted in the third round (70th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears... Signed a
4-year contract with the Bears (7/1/08)... Signed 4-year extension with Chicago (12/2/11). SIGNED through 2015
2012 SEASON: Ranked second on the team with 375 receiving yards on 29 receptions (12.9 ypc) with two touchdowns…Played in 12 games, making 4 starts… Had second career 100-yard receiving contest on 12/30 at DET (a career-high 109 yards)… Inactive for two games (10/1 at DAL and 10/7 at JAX) due to hand injury and two games (12/9 at MIN and 12/16 vs. GB) due to concussion. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED 12-4
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in 11 games, making 4 starts... Finished fourth on the team in receiving yards (381) on 24 receptions (career-high 15.9 ypr)... Led or tied for the team lead in receptions on two occasions... All six receptions on third down were converted into first downs... Inactive for five games due to chest injury. 2010 - Played in 14 games, making 3 starts... Finished second on the team in receiving yards (561) and third in receptions (46)... Collected a career-high 3 TD catches... Posted his first career 100-yard receiving game at DET (12/5)... Led or tied for the team lead in receptions on five occasions... Rushed for 9 yards on 2 carries (4.5 avg)... Inactive for two games due to injury. 2009 - Started 15 of the 16 games in which he appeared, finishing second on Chicago with 717 receiving yards on 54 catches (13.3 avg)… Collected 2 TD receptions, including the first of his career vs. STL (12/6)… Returned 14 punts for 143 yards (10.2), including a 49-yard TD return at BAL (12/20), and 2 kickoffs for 40 yards… Made his first career start at GB (9/13). 2008 - Saw action in 10 games, including the final five contests... Returned 1 punt for 17 yards and added 4 special teams stops, including a career-high 3 stops vs. JAX (12/7).
COLLEGE: All-time leader in SEC history in receptions (236) during three-year career at Vanderbilt (2005-2007)… Named all-SEC all three years in college, taking home first-team honors as a sophomore and junior and second-team accolades as a freshman… Became the only player in SEC history to record 75 receptions or more in three seasons… Tied for 2nd in Commodores history with 20 TD catches… Ranked 3rd in Vanderbilt history and 9th in SEC history with 2,852 career receiving yards… Holds the school record for career receptions, receiving yards in a game (223 vs. Richmond, 2007), TD receptions in a game (5 vs. Kentucky, 2005), most games with 10 or more receptions (9) and most games with 200+ receiving yards (3)… Compiled three of the top five receiving performances in school history… Collected at least 1 reception in every game he played and notched at least 4 catches in 29-of-36 career contests, starting the final 32 of those games…Became just the fifth player in SEC history to tally 5 TD catches in a single game (vs. Kentucky).
PERSONAL: Started at WR, RB and CB at West End High School in Birmingham, AL where he was named first-team all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association… Also lettered in basketball… Son of Sarah Bennett and Earl Frison… Volunteered time to efforts aimed at helping local children in inner-city Birmingham community.
Although he's had few chances to contribute so far this season, receiver Earl Bennett stepped up when the Bears needed him most against the Steelers.
Bears receiver Earl Bennett ran Tuesday for the first time since suffering a concussion Aug. 2 and appears to be getting closer to returning to practice.
Earl Bennett donated 132 e-readers to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Chicago Thursday while also discussing how eager he is to learn new Bears coach Marc Trestman's offense.
The Bears have been waiting all season for a second receiver to step up and share some of the workload with Brandon Marshall, and that finally happened in Sunday's 26-24 win over the Lions.
Take a look at the highlights from the Bears' 2013 season.
Earl Bennett made a sensational 17-yard TD catch in the left corner of the end zone, barely tapping both feet in bounds. Bennett was initially ruled out of bounds, but the call was reversed.
Highlights from the Bears 38-31 victory over the Browns in Cleveland Sunday.
The Chicago Bears take the lead in the fourth quarter after QB Jay Cutler finds receiver Earl Bennett for a 4-yard touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns.