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    MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"

    MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"

    "New York Giants
    head coach Tom Coughlin today called the signing of free-agent tight end Martellus
    Bennett
    a "perfect match." The Giants signed the four-year veteran to a
    one-year, $2.5 million contract.



    "In our situation it's a perfect match, because here we are with two guys
    that aren't going to be able to go," Coach Tom Coughlin said. "We get a guy with
    this quality and we can say to him, ‘You go out on the field, you go from less
    than 30 percent play time to 70-75-80 percent play time just by virtue of if you
    come here and if you are willing to pay the price to be what you want to be.
    Here's the opportunity.'"





    Bennett, 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, played his first four season with the Dallas Cowboys as
    the backup to Jason Witten.
    The one-year deal is a sort of "prove it" contract for Bennett, who gets an
    opportunity to be the Giants' primary tight end in 2012 with both Jake Ballard
    and Travis Beckum
    rehabbing from torn ACLs suffered during the Super Bowl victory over the New England
    Patriots
    .




    "We had a very good, open, forthright visit with Martellus today, and we are
    excited to have him join the Giants family," general manager Jerry Reese said.
    "He's ready to go to work and wants to prove he can be one of the top tight ends
    in the NFL; we think the sky is the limit for him here."




    Watching the Super Bowl, Bennett saw Ballard and Beckum go down and thought
    he might end up in New York with the Giants.




    "I'm just happy to be able to come here and get a chance to be the starter
    and work with a guy like Eli (Manning) and with guys around me like Victor Cruz
    and Hakeem Nicks,"
    Bennett said. "In Dallas it was the same thing with Dez (Bryant), but I think
    it's different for me now because I get the chance to step up and really show
    what I can do."




    The Giants seem intrigued by the untapped potential they see in Bennett, who
    caught 85 passes in four seasons with the Cowboys. As a backup to Jason Witten
    in Dallas, Bennett's first job was to block and he wa rarely a focal point in
    the Dallas passing attack.




    "What you have is a talented athlete who played behind an all-pro," Coughlin
    said. "Who is not very satisfied, is not very fulfilled, is anxious. He is
    anxious to prove the quality of athlete and football player that he can be. If
    you go back to '08, '09, '10, '11, you can see spots where he flashes as what he
    could be.

    "He feels like he hasn't scratched the surface of what he can
    do. And he's a young, aspiring, athletic tight end who can run. He'll be up the
    seams at 6-6, 265. He can run up the seams with speed and be up over the top of
    a lot of people. So we're excited about that. He's got a ways to go, but he'll
    work at it. This could be a terrific move for both him and us."




    Bennett was a second-round draft choice by Dallas from Texas A&M in 2008,
    the 61st overall selection."


    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"

    Well if ol Tom's happy...I'm happy.

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    Re: MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"



    Sounds like a great pickup....$2.5 million on a 1 year deal is very reasonable.




    Nice job by Reese addressing a big need.....really didn't want to burn a high draft pick on a tight end.


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    Re: MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"

    I really like this move. I think we will be pleasantly surprised with his abilities! Plus the man has something to prove! Welcome Mr Bennett!

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    Re: MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"

    Thanks Roanoke. You can't be more clear than the expectations that TC and JR have laid out for MB. They have already set the tone and structure for him while also sending a message that he is and will be supported in achieving these goals for the benefit of the team. A great opportunity for a new beginning for MB.

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    Re: MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"

    Even if he doesn't work out, how could you go wrong with such a low risk deal?

    This is really perfect, not even a week ago people were saying there is no chance we could afford him, who would've thought...

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    He signed for a very reasonable price....that tells me good things about:







    a) His character




    b) The attraction that Manning and maybe Coughlin are gaining throughout the NFL.


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    Re: MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"

    it seems like a great match.


    jeez, everyone's talking about his receiving skills.


    you know what i'm most excited about? He's a big body whose had blocking responsibility in the NFL for a few years now.


    We can throw the ball, we had trouble running it last year. i hope his blocking is above average.

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    Re: MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"



    From NY Post...




    Asked if he could be a tight end in the mold of Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, Bennett did not hesitate when he said, “Yeah, no doubt. I just continue to work hard. If you look at those guys they get a lot of opportunities to make a lot of plays, I think I’m going to get a lot of those opportunities and I’m going to seize the moment. I always look at myself as a good player but I want to be great and this is the place where I think I can be great.’"




    Bennett visited the Giants headquarters, checked in with former Cowboys teammate Chris Canty, chatted with Justin Tuck, and was especially taken with Mike Pope, his new tight ends coach.




    “Coach Pope just seems like a guy you want to have a beer with,’’ Bennett said. “He’s lived 70 years of life, anyone who’s been around that long there’s a lot of knowledge there, there’s a lot of wisdom. Just from my conversation, talking about football and life, we just clicked right away. I think he understood me more than I thought he would when I came in. Sometimes you just click with people and I clicked with him.’’


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    Re: MARTELLUS BENNETT FREE-AGENT SIGNING: COUGHLIN CALLS MOVE "PERFECT MATCH"

    This was a Kawika Mitchell-like signing. One year with Pascoe until get Ballard and Beckum healthy.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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