Despite his reputation in Dallas as a selfish, egotistical and lazy player, New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett has been anything but that in the Big Apple. In fact, the Black Unicorn is his own worst critic and is constantly looking to improve his game. And during a 27-23 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, he had one of the best statistical games of his career, hauling in five passes for 79 yards. Yet he wasn't happy with his performance, saying he felt it was his worst game as a member of the Giants.
"That's the thing about this game," Bennett said. "A lot of people just look at stats. I thought I played better against the 49ers than I played this past week so my thing is just improving and getting better from week to week."
Bennett went as far as to say he "screwed" quarterback Eli Manning early in the game when one of Manning's passes sailed over his head and was intercepted. However, Eli later acknowledged that Bennett made the right read and adjustment, and that he just made a poor throw. Still, the tight end wasn't interested in hearing that and accepted full responsibility for the turnover.
“I screwed him on a couple of plays," Bennett said. “I think I played pretty bad. I think the sky’s the limit for us in our relationship, but we got a lot to improve on, me personally."
On another target, Bennett said he was grabbed by a defender and wasn't able to get to where he needed to be in time. Again, he took full responsibility even though it was outside of his control.
"I'm just a better player than I showed yesterday," Bennett said. "That's just how I feel. Like I said, statistically, looking at the stats, it was an OK game. But I just think after watching the tape and looking at some things, I'm better than how I played yesterday."
In listening to the tight end, it's hard to believe his work ethic was ever questioned. He's done nothing but give the Giants 100% and is always looking for ways to improve his game. He's also playing through a very painful knee injury (hyperextension) , which defines the warrior mentality. He's everything and more that the Giants could have hoped for when they signed him, and will only continue to get better as he gets more comfortable with the offense.
On behalf of the Giants and their fans, we say thank you, Dallas!
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