Our man Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast rationalizes the Giants’ passe strategy for retaining TE Martellus Bennett. It was pretty fairly simple: they didn’t have one. Jimmy thinks that’s a good thing. Giant fans may have been overrating him this offseason, but GM Jerry Reese keeps a level head.
His “prove-it” deal to Bennett last March was a smart one. Too smart, because Bennett played himself right out of the Giants’ price range. Not the worst thing in the world.
Bennett flew out of the gate last September, setting a Giant record when he caught a TD pass in each of his first three games in Blue. But he quickly plateaued, failing to build on his strong start. The Giants weighed the pros and cons of signing/not signing Bennett the past few weeks. You saw their decision today. Too many cons. They nary lifted a finger to keep him.
They also didn’t have the cap space to compete with any offer a Chicago or Tampa may have floated his way. So, they didn’t even waste their time trying to re-sign him. Now they will go in a different direction. As you’ll read below, the Giants have a knack in getting production out of little-known and underrated TE prospects, thanks to TE guru Mike Pope. Here comes Adrien Robinson….
If you’re a reader of this blog, you already know I never really thought very highly of Martellus Bennett. In Dallas, he never really pushed Jason Witten, and the team eventually gave up on him. He built up a reputation as a great blocker, which I always felt was overstated.
Bennett started off the year on fire as a receiver, but fell off drastically as the season progressed:
This will be the 3rd year in a row the Giants will have lost their starting TE in free agency. The numbers of each of those three players aren’t all that different: