"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
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
"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
"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."