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Sunday, August 12, 2012
A different drummer

By Jane McManus

ALBANY, N.Y. -- If you have spent any time on YouTube, you know that Martellus Bennett is an unorthodox person. He created his own musical tribute to Cap'n Crunch -- the version with berries mind you -- and on Sunday confessed that he is a movie buff who sees himself as the black Will Ferrell. And the black Vince Vaughn.

Right now, Bennett is starring in the role of Giants tight end, where he's doing a pretty good job and learning to bond with his teammates. On a recent movie night, he shared a popcorn with Travis Beckum and tried not to hog it all.

Martellus Bennett
Martellus Bennett caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville.
"We shared a thing of popcorn, which is something I usually only do with my brothers," Bennett said. "So I try not to stick my hand in the popcorn at the same time he does."

But more importantly, he's got Eli Manning looking for him, particularly in the first preseason game last Friday against the Jaguars.

"I thought Martellus did very well," Manning said. "He blocked well in the running game, he was strong. I thought he did a good job in catching the ball on that first third down. He ran a good route, got open. He had a nice catch on that touchdown. He had another nice catch, and broke a couple of tackles.

"He did some really good things, showed that he'll really be able to help us out this year and play well for us."

Buttoned-down coach Tom Coughlin is getting used to Bennett. The coach even loosened up and did a few robot moves to illustrate.

"I like them to have their own personality," Coughlin said. "I just like them to be able to structure it within the concept of trying to keep the focus on the game, on the field and the team. I don't like robots. I like to kid around with them once and a while too, but I like it when they realize when it's acceptable and when it isn't acceptable."

He said that Bennett has gotten better about that. His tight end initially aspired to be an NBA player. He was drafted out of Texas A&M by the Cowboys, where the 6-foot-6, 265-pound player didn't live up to hopes.

And some part of Bennett is concerned it could keep happening.

"I tell (tight ends coach Mike) Pope I don't think that I'm ever going to be good enough playing this game, so everything single day is always something," Bennett said. "He says I do well on some things. I'm like 'Coach I should have ...' He's like, 'Well, you could have done that too.'

"It's a great relationship that were developing and it's starting to grow, and I think he wants me to be the best player I can possibly be and I'm trying to be great myself. Every little part of the game we try to work on."