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Inside Free Agency - Day 19: Martellus Bennett

Posted Feb 28, 2013

A look at the most interesting players available in 2013

The crazy time of year that is free agency is fast approaching, so KCChiefs.com has you covered with a 30-day free agency look, highlighting the 30 most intriguing free agents or players who could be released/traded during the offseason.

You may have noticed, there are no restricted free agents on the list, largely because they rarely leave their current teams. None of the reports are indicative of the Chiefs plans for the 2013 free agency season.

DAY 19 of 30

Although the New York Giants are expected to re-sign TE Martellus Bennett, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com, it's no guarantee, until the contract is signed (see below). That being said, let's look at some of Bennett's strengths and weaknesses.


Name: Martellus Bennett
Position: TE
Height: 6'6
Weight: 265
College: Texas A&M
Born: January 10, 1987 (San Diego, CA)
Age: 26
Experience: 4 years
Drafted: 2008, 2nd Rd-30th pick (61st overall) by the Dallas Cowboys

Career Stat line: 76 games (47 starts), 140 receptions, 1,472 yards and nine TDs

STRENGTHS:

Game Experience

Since entering the league with the Cowboys, Bennett has three 16-game seasons and two 14-game seasons, under his belt.

Showing improvement

During the 2012 season, Bennett showed his athleticism and pass-catching ability, with 55 receptions, 626 yards and five TDs (his best season).

Season-Total Receptions

2008-20

2009-15

2010-33

2011-17

2012-55

WEAKNESSES:

His blocking skills need improvement, according to coaches.

Inconsistency

While Bennett has game experience, it's now time for him to show that he can perform on a consistent basis. If signed by the Giants, he'll likely do that, playing another year with Giants QB Eli Manning.

FINAL TAKE:


ESPN NFL Insider Bill Polian offered his thoughts on Martellus Bennett.

"Bennett is young, but to date he has never really lived up to his potential," said Polian.

"He has great speed, above-average hands and good size to be a good blocker, but he doesn't play consistently. He's one of those free-agent gambles who might or might not pay off."

And then there's this from ProFootballTalk.com: Bennett talking about the Giants offseason pursuits.

"They have other priorities that come before little ole me," Bennett said. "I’m just a small piece of what they’re trying to do there."

Is Bennett correct, or is he using the media to his benefit? We'll soon find out.

If the G-Men don't resign him, Bennett's athleticism and size will be utilized in a different city, next season.

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