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Monday, August 18, 2008
Would Bennett have benefitted from another year at A&M?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

 
 AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
 Former Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennett (left) is adjusting to life in the NFL on the HBO Series 'Hard Knocks'.
I'm not much for reality series, but the HBO documentary "Hard Knocks" about the Dallas Cowboys' training camp has been really enjoyable to me so far.

The reason why is because the show has prominently featured former Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennett, a rookie who I always felt one of the most supremely talented players to ever come through the Big 12. I always felt like Bennett just needed to grow up to fully realize his talents.

That trend has turned out once he started his NFL career. His Dallas Cowboys coaches have been grumbling about his lack of instruction he received in college and have wondered if his career might be salvaged. Particularly telling has been Bennett's lack of instruction in basic pass-receiving skills.

While I think that assessment is a little premature -- how many 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight ends can you find who are as fast and can jump as high as Bennett? -- I still wonder what might have happened if Bennett had stayed in college one more season.

Something tells me that Bennett could have made a lot more money in an improved draft status if he had stayed in college for one more season. New A&M coach Mike Sherman, a former NFL head coach, would have helped Bennett learn more of what he needed to make himself better prepared for the next level.

In Sherman's ball-control offense, I could envision Bennett catching 55-60 passes and growing up a little more.

And if that had happened, I don't think we'd see Bennett sulking through his meetings with Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett like he was is in the last "Hard Knocks" episode that I saw.