Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Did Martellus Bennett take shot at Tony Romo?
By Calvin Watkins
We thought this was gonna be a quiet July 4 until former Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett's comments popped up in this Q&A with Giants beat writer Mike Garafolo of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger.
Here's a portion of the interview with Bennett, who now plays for the New York Giants:
In your time here so far, what feeling have you gotten about the offensive system and whether it plays to your strengths?
A lot of it is, once I get comfortable in the offense, there are a lot of options. So my thing is getting on the same page with Eli (Manning) running enough routes where he can read my body language and know what I’m about to do. I want to be as quarterback-friendly as possible and being very consistent. Consistency is my thing right now that I’m working on. I’ve made plays here or there in the past but doing it consistently is what I want to do. In this offense, I think I have a chance to be a consistent playmaker.
Did you have as many options in Dallas?
(Grins) No, I didn’t have any options in Dallas. (Laughs)
Later in the Q&A, Bennett said Manning was unselfish and was asked to elaborate.
Just his approach. I mean, he’s just looking for the open guy. It doesn’t matter who it is or what number you are. If you’re open, he’s going to hit you. You have to be ready. That’s what makes it so fun playing in this offense because anytime you beat your guy, you know you could get the ball.
Is Bennett taking an indirect shot at Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo?
Bennett wasn't happy with his role in Dallas. He wanted the ball more and hinted that Romo played favorites. Former Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens said the same thing.
Yet, Bennett had trouble with drops and scoring touchdowns (he didn't score any since his 2008 rookie year).
Romo completed 54 passes for 528 yards to Bennett in his career. Of Bennett's four touchdown receptions, three came from Romo.
How a No. 2 tight end goes three years without a touchdown is stunning. Bennett, however, is a talented player but needed a change of scenery, and that's why the Cowboys didn't offer him a deal when he became a free agent this spring.
The New York Giants were the perfect place for him, and now he'll get a chance to show what he's capable of.