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    GIANTS' TE MARTELUS BENNETT ANXIOUS TO SHOW WHAT HE HAS TO OFFER

    GIANTS' TE MARTELUS BENNETT ANXIOUS TO SHOW WHAT HE HAS TO OFFER

    "It didn’t take long for the Giants to steal Martellus Bennett’s heart when he
    visited the team yesterday during what became a brief free-agent tour.



    “When I got here I met with [tight ends] coach [Mike] Pope and once we
    started talking, we hit it off,” the newly-signed tight end said. “It was kind
    of like love at first sight.”




    Justin Tuck and a few other players aided in the Giants' courting throughout
    the day, and, just like that, Bennett and the team made a commitment -- a short
    one, but a commitment nonetheless.




    Today, the two sides agreed on a one-year deal reportedly worth $2.5 million
    three days into free agency.




    For the Giants, the one-year deal gives them the low-risk, high-reward,
    “prove it to us" route they seek, as they did with cornerback Terrell Thomas
    yesterday. The Giants were forced into the tight end free-agent market after
    both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum tore their ACLs during the Super Bowl,
    leaving their statuses for next year in question.




    For the 25-year-old Bennett, now a former Cowboy, the commitment provides him
    the opportunity to showcase his talents after being behind Pro Bowler Jason
    Witten on the depth chart in Dallas for four seasons.




    “He is anxious to prove the quality of athlete and football player that he
    can be,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “If you go back to ’08, '09, '10, '11, you can
    see spots where he flashes as what he could be.”




    The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Bennett is an athletic pass-catcher who follows the
    narrative of some of the league’s premier tight ends. Like Jimmy Graham, Antonio
    Gates and others, Bennett also played college basketball while at Texas A&M
    before choosing football full-time.




    But during his time as a Cowboy, he served as Witten's backup and only
    started 32 games in four years. His most productive season came as a rookie when
    he caught 20 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (seven starts)
    in 2008. He has not caught a touchdown since.




    For his career, he has played 60 games in four seasons -- starting 32 of them
    -- with 85 receptions for 846 yards.




    Ballard and Beckum or not, Bennett hopes to emerge as the every-down tight
    end next season and beyond for the first time in his career.




    “I think you got to see a glimpse, but I was in a limited role,” Bennett said
    of his time in Dallas. “I think in a larger role I can do so much more. I think
    the sky’s the limit. I don’t think anyone’s really seen who I am as a player and
    what I have to offer.




    “I don’t want to say I have a lot to prove, but I have a long to-do list so I
    have a lot of things I need to do as a football player so I think this is a
    place where I have the opportunity to do everything I want to do.”




    Jorge Castillo: jcastillo@starledger.com;
    twitter.com/jorgeccastillo



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    Re: GIANTS' TE MARTELUS BENNETT ANXIOUS TO SHOW WHAT HE HAS TO OFFER

    Great blocker, tall, physical, has said all the right things so far. Let's see if this translates to the field...I have a good feeling about this guy.

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