Newly signed tight end Martellus Bennett has come into OTA’s weighing a whopping 295 lbs. He is a tight end not a tackle, not a center. He’s also been sidelined with a hamstring injury and been unable to participate so far. The New York Giants coaches haven’t been happy with his weight either and want him to drop back down near the 270 mark he played at last year.
Yes it’s June and there’s time for him to drop down in the weight department but will he? Because of all the injuries and inexperience at the tight end position, Bennett is really the guy going into the season. Could his hamstring injury be because he’s too big? That’s very possible as well. When a guy gets too bulky, he breaks down. Just look at all the injuries baseball players on steroids had. They broke down because they got too big.
There may have been something to the Dallas Cowboys letting go of an young “athletic freak” like Bennett. Maybe they didn’t think he could handle being a huge part of an offense. The way the tight end position is evolving, you need a good receiving one, sometimes two, to help your quarterback. A prime example of this besides the New England Patriots, is what the Indianapolis Colts did. They drafted Andrew Luck number one and then took two tight ends including former Stanford Cardinal teammate Coby Fleener to be his security blanket.
The Giants need as many good and healthy bodies they can get at the tight end position, since they lost two to torn acl’s in the super bowl. Bennett is only signed for one year, but so far you have to question how he’s started out of the gate. As long as he’s ready when it really counts, none of what happens now will matter.