Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Proving Ground: Martellus Bennett
By Tim MacMahon
Seventh in a 10-part series focusing on young non-starters who have a lot to prove during training camp (series):
We know Martellus Bennett can put on a show in the Alamodome.
Can he do it when it counts for the Cowboys?
Marty B can put a lengthy highlight reel on his YouTube channel with all the acrobatic catches that he made during training camp last season. He appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season.
And then he caught a grand total of 15 passes for 159 yards and no touchdowns during the regular season. Yet the Cowboys are still cautiously optimistic that the 6-6, 265-pound character will tap into his immense potential in his third season.
There's no question about Bennett's talent. He's bigger, stronger, faster, quicker and can jump higher than Jason Witten.
But he's not anywhere near as productive or dependable as the Cowboys' perennial Pro Bowl tight end.
Bennett's primary goal this offseason was to improve his rapport with Tony Romo. When Bennett makes plays during training camp and the preseason, it's worth noting who threw the ball.
If it's Jon Kitna, it could just be a tease again. If it's Romo, maybe there's reason to be excited about Marty B again.