Following a week 17 loss to the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett was already thinking ahead. As his team exited the field with their heads hung, Bennett approached quarterback Eli Manning to offer him congratulations … and to suggest the two might be playing together in 2012.
Bennett's foresight proved to be incredible as the Giants signed the free agent during the offseason.
No longer in the shadow of Jason Witten, Bennett now feels he can show the football world exactly what he's made of. And thus far, he's done that. Save for a rough game against the New England Patriots in week four of the preseason, Bennett has drawn nothing but praise from coaches and teammates, with Tom Coughlin going as far as calling Bennett a "vertical threat" – not the usual verbiage that describes one of the NFL's premiere blocking tight ends.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett disagrees, however. He maintains that, although solid, Bennett is nothing more than a complimentary player.
"Martellus is complementary; I think we played to his strengths. We felt like he was a very good run-blocker and a very good pass-protector, and when he got opportunities in the passing game, he generally did a very good job with those as well," Garrett said.
Already anxious to "kick their asses," this is sure to add a little extra spark to what the Black Unicorn plans to unleash this coming Wednesday.
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