Martellus Bennett had a special tutor during his first day of minicamp with his new team, the New England Patriots.
The 29-year-old tight end got a decent amount of one-on-one time with Tom Brady.
Brady was helping Bennett, who was traded to New England from Chicago during the 2016 NFL Draft, learn the offense.
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Brady and Bennett spent time alone in the red zone area while the rest of the team went through various drills.
Bennett, via ESPN.com's Mike Reiss, says it makes it easier to learn the offense when he's getting one-on-one time with Brady.
“It’s a lot of communication,” Bennett relayed.
In some ways, it was the essence of a spring practice -- two new teammates building a foundation they hope will produce big-time results down the road. The opportunity was there for them to do so because fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski wasn’t at practice.
“It’s just like the student-to-teacher ratio. When it’s lower, you have a better chance of learning the material,” Bennett said.
Here's video, from Mass Live.
Bennett, who played collegiately at Texas A&M, is one of the most-naturally gifted tight ends in the NFL.
He was a second round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons with the Cowboys but left in free agency in 2012, joining the New York Giants, with whom he played with for just one season. Bennett was with the Chicago Bears from 2013-15.
Chicago traded Bennett and a sixth-round pick for the Patriots' fourth-round selection this past April.
New England is in mandatory minicamp through Thursday.