In a game that was built up to have Super Bowl like implications, the New York Giants came up short in a week one loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night. Needless to say, it was a disappointing effort by Big Blue and it raised a lot of questions that the team must answer going forward. However, it's not like this game was a blowout, by any stretch of the imagination.
The Giants lost by a touchdown, but there were several positives that the team can take out of this contest. The play of Martellus Bennett was one of the more encouraging aspects of the Giants offense, and the team will surely look to utilize him going forward.
Personality wise, Bennett does not fit the Giants mold. As an organization that prefers to have its players do their talking on the field, Bennett has been known for his off the field antics throughout his career. It started with a series of controversial Youtube videos he made while in Dallas, and continued in New York as he crowned himself the "Black Unicorn." However, make no mistake about it, Martellus Bennett came to the New York Giants to contribute to the team's title defense.
"I can't help who I am," Bennett says. "But what I really want to show is being a dominant football player. I mean, the funny (stuff) is cool, but it's not what I am here for. I am here to make big plays. If I can tell a joke while making big plays, hey, it all works together. But I ain't really here to tell jokes. I just happen to have a weird sense of humor."
Bennett did make some big plays on Wednesday night. Not only did the Black Unicorn come up with four receptions for 40 yards to go along with a touchdown, he did a masterful job in assisting the Giants offensive line block Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware for the duration of the game.
Bennett came out of Texas A&M and was lauded as a prospect that had all the talent in the world and was sure to be an elite tight end in the NFL one day. However, after getting caught behind Jason Witten in Dallas, Bennett never received the opportunity to fulfill his full potential. With that, he has been known to drop easy passes throughout his career.
The Giants signed him as a low-risk, high-reward player that at the very least would be a fantastic blocker on the edge, and at the very best would become a dominant tight end over the middle of the field. However, in 2012, Martellus Bennett no longer wants to hear about how good he can be, but feels he has the ability to break out of his shell as a member of Big Blue.
"I mean that's the biggest thing for me," Bennett says. "You hear the word potential and I don't really like the word because it's just unreached ability. I just want to go out there and play to the highest level that's possible. I'm passionate about the game. I'm passionate about my approach. And it's important to me. I just want that to show on the field."
As wideout Hakeem Nicks continues to get his feet under him, and the third wide receiver situation continues to work itself out, Martellus Bennett's role withing the Giants offense should only expand as the season progresses. He has shown the ability to be a freakishly athletic pass catcher over the middle of the field, as well as a dominant blocker on the edge. Although he is an eccentric personality that has played with inconsistency throughout his career, Giants fans should be excited about what Martellus Bennett could bring to this offense in 2012.
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