Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett growing up


The Dallas Cowboys wrap up their minicamp Wednesday. The workouts are a great time of year for young players to develop their skills.

Second-year tight end Martellus Bennett is apparently doing just that, although for the player known as "Marty B" it's not always all about hard work.

"I think this year is going to be my coming out party, so get you gummy bears ready," said Bennett, satirizing former Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens' "get your popcorn ready," comments he made upon arrival in 2006.

"Holla at me, TO!" Bennett continues.

Bennett may be as talented as he is goofy, and that's saying a lot.

The 6-foot-6-inch tight end has been impressive during organized team activities as he prepares for his second year in the NFL.

"I think he's going to be a real threat," head coach Wade Phillips said. "We can play a lot of two tight end offense I think and have a threat of a tight end running a seam on either side, that should be important for us."

"What you're seeing out here, and I know you guys are noticing it too, but you're seeing a real focused Martellus Bennett," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "You're seeing a guy who's trying to get better. Lot of credit goes to his coach, but still you have to have the work ethic and we're seeing it."

Bennett may be maturing on the field, but he's still far from a finished product in that department. He's still only 22-years-old, and spent the first few minutes of a recent interview session, trying to get a date.

"Are you single?" he asked an intern. When she replied yes Bennett asked "want to go get lunch sometime?"

With the media Bennett is far from polished, but the flip side is that what we're seeing is genuine, even if most of the time he's genuinely goofy.

"It's a chance to just communicate, as athletes it's hard to just go and be yourself in big crowds," he said. "Barbados is where I want to go right now. Rihanna, holla at me!"

It should be an interesting season.