The New York Giants signed Martellus Bennett away from their biggest rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, as a solution to a rash of injuries to their tight ends. Though Bennett saw limited playing time in Dallas playing behind Jason Witten, the Giants were confident he could be a starting tight end in the NFL. So far this season, Bennett has proven them right, putting up numbers better than the majority of starting tight ends in the league. But Bennett is unimpressed with his play and believes there is plenty of room for improvement.
Thus far this season Bennett has caught 15 balls for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Last years as a Cowboy, he finished the season with 17 catches, 144 yards and zero touchdowns. He is the first player in Giants' franchise history to catch a touchdown pass in each of the first three games of the season. He also leads the Giants' receivers in touchdown receptions. Most would say those were impressive statistics for a first-time starter, but not Bennett.
"I'm probably the only person who's not impressed with the way I've been playing," Bennett said Wednesday. "I think there's a whole lot of room for improvement."
Finding areas for improvement in Bennett's game, after the way he has performed of late seems difficult, but Bennett knows what parts of his play needs work.
"Everything. Technique, and just my whole game. I'm not happy with my whole game right now, so I'm just working on getting better as a player," he said.
Does Bennett believe he will improve? Of course. Confidence is something the self proclaimed "black unicorn" does not lack.
"I've always thought I was one of the best at the tight end position, I just never had a chance to get out there and show it. I think this is my chance to show it," he said.
Though it's only been three games, it appears the signing of Bennett is becoming a win-win situation for the Giants and Martellus. The Giants now have a big tight end who can block and catch, and Bennett gets his opportunity to prove himself as a quality starting NFL player.
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