During the New York Giants' 32-31 preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night, tight end Martellus Bennett was one of the many payers who flashed. The fifth-year veteran hauled in three passes (on three targets) for 27 yards and a touchdown, proving that he's got more to offer the team than just his superb blocking ability. However, after the game Bennett was humble and uncharacteristically subdued, acknowledging that he's far from comfortable in the offense and still has a long way to go.
“I have a long, long way to go. I’m getting a little more comfortable doing things. The coaches and all the players here have been great. I’m not scratching the surface on how I could be playing yet. I’m just trying to get better. It’s my first time really having a chance to try to make the players," he said.
Bennett's touchdown catch was the first he's made since the 2008 season, and although it doesn't go into the stat sheet, it was a confidence booster and a step in the right direction for the tight end.
“It was very exciting. I almost cried after I scored because I’ve been through a lot the last four years – a lot of ups and downs. I was very unhappy with the situation I was in. Everybody here has embraced me as a player. On the touchdown, David made a good throw and I was able to get both hands on it and bring it in.”
The Black Unicorn, as he's come to be known, had a lot of hype to live up to in Dallas. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, that never really panned out. However, Bennett seems rejuvenated in New York, thrilled to be with the Giants and anxious for his fresh start. He's looked good at training camp, looked good on Friday night, and as he gets used to the offense and more familiar with the playbook, may finally develop into the star so many thought he could be.
Tip your cap to General Manager Jerry Reese as he seems to have found another diamond amongst the rough.
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