EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Former Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett tried to be diplomatic about his four seasons in Dallas, and did his best to look forward to his new career as the starting tight end for the New York Giants.
There was no boasting about either wanting to get back at Dallas in the NFL season opener Wednesday night at MetLife Stadium or taking any cheap shots at former quarterback Tony Romo or Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
The free-spirited Bennett kept his thoughts and any lingering bitterness close to the vest, for the most part. The former second-round draft pick insists he just wants to help the Giants win this season and show that he can be a dominant player now that he is out of Jason Witten's shadow.
I'm moreso just trying to show the Giants what they have," Bennett said Saturday after the Super Bowl champions practiced. "That part of my book is done, it's over. That chapter of my book is over and I've got new (stuff) to write about. And I'm excited to get to write the new parts of my life. And it's been great so far. I've been enjoying it and I'm happy pretty much every single day, which is huge. I'm excited to just go out there. It's going to be fun playing against some of the guys I'm still cool with. It's going to be fun."
Bennett has been a breath of fresh air in the locker room. He usually says what's on the tip of tongue and tries to spice up everything with a little comedy.
He shied away from anything negative about Dallas, unlike after he signed with the Giants in March. His first comments when he arrived were exactly the same of what Jones recently said about what would happen when Tom Coughlin's team visited Dallas later this season — a so-called butt whupping.
Bennett did have his moments. When asked if he enjoyed his stay in Dallas, the "No" was quick.
"Everybody knows that," he said. "I had a good time, had some good memories there, but those memories are old now. I'm not one to live in the past. I'm looking forward to the new memories that we get to start making Wednesday night. Hopefully it's some great stuff that goes down in history."
Bennett has been the go-to guy among the Giants' three tight ends. He had seven catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in the preseason.