It took awhile, but Michael Bennett’s pro career has officially starter.
The Cincinnati Bengals signed Bennett on Wednesday, nearly nine months after he tore his ACL – for the second time in his college career – in Georgia’s win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl.
Bennett led Georgia with 37 catches last year, for 404 yards and four touchdowns. He finished his Georgia career with 134 catches for 1,607 yards and 17 touchdowns, starting 27 games.
Those numbers would have been gaudier if not for three knee injuries: He tore his ACL five games into his sophomore year, when he was leading the team in receiving yards to that point in the season. The next year, his junior year, he missed two games after tearing his meniscus and requiring arthroscopic surgery. The latest knee injury came during the bowl, and led to Bennett going undrafted and unsigned … until Wednesday.
The Bengals have been known for bringing in former Georgia players, having seven at one point in 2013. They now have six, including Bennett, who was redshirting during Bengals star A.J. Green’s final year at Georgia. The other former Georgia players are defensive tackle Geno Atkins, guard Clint Boling and safety Shawn Williams.