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  • Gosselin: It's a shame the Cowboys never made a commitment to Martellus Bennett

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dal...us-bennett.ece

    Excerpt: "Rick Gosselin, sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News and SportsDayDFW.com and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, answered your questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and Stars in a live chat Monday. Some excerpts:

    What explains Martellus Bennett's emergence in NY? A lucky couple of catches or do you think the coaching staff up there has gotten him to focus?


    Gosselin:
    The Giants made a commitment to Bennett, something the Cowboys never did. The Giants also are a team that wants to run the ball and Bennett has few peers as a blocker at the tight end position. New York was the right fit, the right situation for Bennett. Shame on the Cowboys for never tapping into the talent Bennett now has on display in New York." Read more...
    Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience. MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Kind of reminds me of Visanthe Shiancoe when we had Shockey.

    I think MB was just a victim of being behind a perennial favorite.
    I don't always root for the Cowboys but when I do I wear my pink Jessica Simpson edition Romo jersey. (yes I lost a bet)

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    • #3
      Bennett's solid and is a great blocker, but I'm still not sure about him as a receiver. I still think Ballard and Boss were better receivers.

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      • #4
        Bennet better athtlete

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pete Warren View Post
          Bennett's solid and is a great blocker, but I'm still not sure about him as a receiver. I still think Ballard and Boss were better receivers.
          Boss, yes; Ballard, no way...and Bennett is still developing his chemistry and synchronization with Eli.

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          • #6
            Gosselin never has anything positive to say about the Cowboys and jumps at the chance to criticize them, so take it with a grain of salt.

            Bennett has looked good with the Giants, but I think the head scratching plays are going to rear their ugly heads around. However, since he's getting more opportunity, the risk seems to be worth the reward.

            I've said since day one that it was a good pick-up for the Giants because of the deal given, but now I'm not so certain. If Bennett keeps playing this way, it's a shame (for you) that he wasn't locked up for longer. Not so sure the Giants have the room to keep him with big FA signings upcoming in the future and resigning Eli.

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            • #7
              Witten will most likely retire in a few years and be a nomination for the HoF when he is eligible. Can't really blame the Cowboys for letting go of Bennett who was always inconsistent when he did have his opportunities.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TheEnigma View Post
                Witten will most likely retire in a few years and be a nomination for the HoF when he is eligible. Can't really blame the Cowboys for letting go of Bennett who was always inconsistent when he did have his opportunities.
                He was inconsistent because he never got the passing receiver reps in practice, and was very seldom used as a receiver in games. Hard to develop any type of chemistry with your QB in such situations. Also, Romo and Garrett almost always opted for the 3 wideout sets (with Witten as the only TE) on 2nd and 3rd downs, and when in the red zon.

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                • #9
                  lol ntegrase. u had rainer going around preseason going on about how bennett was this lazy person with horrible work ethic who was a complete bust and cited you. And I do remember you making statements very similar to that.
                  Nevermind that JG, Romo, Witten, etc went on and said the opposite and that really, there just wasnt enough targets left for the TE's after Wittens 150 a season. 1 or 2 attempts a game aint trying to utilize a guys talent. Almost every analyst I respect has went on about how there was a fix in Dallas and that they were never gonna give Bennett a legit chance to be the dude, and I agree. MB didn't suddenly just get this talent. He's had good work ethic throughout, becoming the best blocking TE bc thats what Dallas was asking of him. Your whole 22 formation and "Bennett just wasnt good enough to earn reps" statements are inaccurate when the guys not even getting a fair shot.
                  He's done nothing but get open, catch TDs, and block like a beast. And he could have been doing that in Dallas if it not for the situation. I for one wasnt buying the whole "he can be a good blocker but thats about it"...guy can be a mega beast

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by WEG313 View Post
                    He was inconsistent because he never got the passing receiver reps in practice, and was very seldom used as a receiver in games. Hard to develop any type of chemistry with your QB in such situations. Also, Romo and Garrett almost always opted for the 3 wideout sets (with Witten as the only TE) on 2nd and 3rd downs, and when in the red zon.
                    That's the point though. From the Cowboys perspective, why give Bennett big bucks when you have an elite TE like Witten on your roster and have talented wide receivers in Bryant and Austin? The few times he was called on to be a receiver, he never really did enough to stand out and earn more reps. It is what it is but I really don't think the Cowboys made some huge mistake like people make it out to be.

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                    • #11
                      dallas nation must be hating the whole MB situation and telling themselves whatever they can to not go insane with rage that they draft a TE with legit beast potential, but dont use him bc of Witten. Now Wittens at the end, and the TE who had mega beast potential, is playing like one. Only for the NYG. HUGE mistake by Dallas to let him go, and shame on the cowboys fans for all their negative bs about him when clearly, it was the coaches/romo/witten holding MB back, and not himself as some tried to believe when he left for NYG and a QB who would actually target him.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by WEG313 View Post
                        Boss, yes; Ballard, no way...and Bennett is still developing his chemistry and synchronization with Eli.
                        Boss was never close to the receiver Bennett is.

                        Boss's best year was 570 yards and 5 TDs. - so he averaged 35 yards a game, and 3.2 games per TD.

                        Bennett already has 185 yards and 3 TDs... In 3 games. averaging 62 yards a game, and a TD a game.

                        Now even if Bennett falls off to half of what he has produced, he is producing as much or more than Boss.

                        But I dont imagine it will be hard for Bennett to put up far better numbers than Boss did, all he needs is 400 yards and 2 more TDs in 14 games to tie him.

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                        • #13
                          in reality, in terms of production, Bennett is the one replacing MM and not Hixon or Barden...yet. Bennett is a legit dangerous, game breaking target. Teams will have to respect him. How did dallas let us get him? hes a matchup nightmare. Thank God they didnt bother using him bc Dez, Austin, and Bennett would be lethal. Just as Nicks, Cruz and bennett are lethal...

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                          • #14
                            I think Ballard has better hands but Boss was mediocre and Bennett is playing great, not perfect but he's up there!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kruunch View Post
                              Kind of reminds me of Visanthe Shiancoe when we had Shockey.

                              I think MB was just a victim of being behind a perennial favorite.
                              I was thinking the same thing as well. Shancoe did well as a Giants, but Shockey was clearly the better player. We didn't miss a beat on offense. Witten is good, but the guy is starting to look really really slow.
                              Lets go, Giants!

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