I remember the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” One would think this would apply to behavioral norms. Take an athlete for years that plays on a team, is used to hating another team because they’re rivals, and now ends up playing for a team he has learned to hate. How long would it take to recondition his thinking? Would he be able to do it at all? According to ESPN, not only can Martellus Bennett do it, but has said so on the very first day at Giants training camp. His hatred does not only involve his former Dallas Cowboys team but includes everyone but the N.Y. Giants.
When Bennett arrived at the Giants training camp, he did not wait long to voice his opinion about his former team. “I just want to kick those guys’ a**es. That is what it is all about. I mean we are cool but we ain’t that cool, know what I am saying? I kind of got some ill feelings towards them overall. It is a game, I kind of hate everybody, honestly, in the NFL.” Having lost one of their biggest Cowboys haters in Brandon Jacobs, Bennett appears to be the one to step in and fill the vacant role. Bennett continued to be vocal adding, “I have ill feelings toward everybody. It is not just Dallas. Pretty much anybody who doesn’t play with us, I pretty much don’t like ’em. I don’t like a lot of people. I am kind of an (expletive) but it is cool.”
The Giants will hope he can backup his verbal intensity in the tight end position as they are in need to fill up that hole. The hole was made when both Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard tore their ACL’s in their win in last year’s Super Bowl. Though he was signed hoping he could fill that hole, he will still have to fight for the position. He will be competing against Chris Hopkins, Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson and Beckum where he can hopefully fulfill his vast potential.
During his rookie season in 2008, he had four touchdowns but has been unable to catch a touchdown pass since. In 2010, he was able to have a career-high 33 catches that totaled 260 yards, however, he only had 17 receptions for 144 yards last season while being a backup for Witten.
Bennett realizes he must step up his game to become a force for the Giants. Bennett says, “For me it was never an issue with playing ability or being able to make plays,” he continued. “It really is about being happy and being at peace with myself. I am at peace with myself. I am not at peace with everybody else. I have never been this hungry or this enthused about going to camp.” Now that Dallas has gone from friend to foe, he is ready to show them; everyone, what he can do. “I got everybody’s date marked on my calendar,” he said. “I am kind of p***ed off about a whole lot. So I think it will be a good year for me.”