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The one-year, $2.5 million deal comes with little risk and little financial attachment for the New York Giants
After suffering injuries during their Super Bowl victory, both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum aren’t expected to be ready for the start of the 2012 season.
The signing of Martellus Bennett not only addresses the tight end issues of the Giants but also their offensive line deficiencies as well.
Although Bennett only has 88 career receptions and hasn’t scored a touchdown since his rookie season, the 25-year old has been playing under the shadow of Jason Witten for the entirety of his career.
Without any serious competition for playing time in New York, Bennett will be given an expanded role in the Giants’ passing attack, and at 6'6", he will be a big red zone target.
It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles struggled to find consistency from their linebackers in 2011. While the majority of their problems fell within the run game, the other part has made them a victim to the pass.
The Eagles have addressed this by switching cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, onto elite tight ends like Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten in the past.
If Bennett can rediscover the talent that made him worthy of a second-round selection, look for his presence to disrupt the defensive game plan of many teams.
Even if he doesn’t become an elite receiving option, look for Bennett to improve an offensive line that ProFootballFocus ranked as 31st in the NFL. The former Texas A&M star has ranked as a top-five run-blocker at his position for the last three seasons and should give the Giants a new offensive weapon, one way or the other.