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Dallas Cowboys’ Tight End Signs with New York Giants: A Fan’s Take
Tight end Martellus Bennett not only left the Dallas Cowboys, after four years with the team, but he signed with the NFC East division rival New York Giants. Now, Dallas will see firsthand if he was someone they should have let go or not.
I'll stand up and say that Bennett is not that big of a loss. The Cowboys still have Jason Witten, the best tight end to ever play in Dallas, and saying that means a lot. Dallas has had some great tight ends over the years, from Mike Ditka to Billy Joe Dupree to Doug Cosbie to Jay Novacek, but Witten is an elite talent. In the next couple of seasons, Witten will move into second place on the Cowboys' all-time receivers list, behind only Michael Irvin.
In his four seasons as Witten's backup, Bennett caught 20, 15, 33 and 17 passes. Bennett should get a bigger chance in New York and might be their best option since Jeremy Shockey left the team. It will also give the Giants one of their main rival's weapons.
The question now is what will Dallas do at the tight end position. Witten will play a good 90-percent of the time, minimum, and be the main go-to tight end for the Cowboys offensively. Third year player, John Phillips, will back him up. Phillips, who missed the 2010 season, caught seven passes in his first year and 15 in 2011.
I don't think Phillips is the guy they need to replace Bennett. Phillips is a great blocking tight end but will never surpass the third tight end rankings. He finished his college career in Virginia with 87 receptions for 1,513 yards and 16 touchdowns, so he can catch the ball, he has just never been asked to do it much.
Jason Garrett said they have been talking to a lot of different guys about coming in, so it is clear they don't think Phillips is the man either. Dallas will find someone to come in and then, when they play the Giants in 2012, we'll see how good Bennett can be.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad
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