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September 03, 2012
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Martellus Bennett

Tight end

AT 6'6" and a lean 265 pounds, Bennett's build stands out on an NFL field—and so does his demeanor. He is affable, imaginative and goofy, and he likes to talk about ways to live more happily and the nicknames he's given himself. One such moniker seems likely to catch on for the 25-year-old, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal in March: the Black Unicorn. "That's probably the best one ever," he says. "The unicorn is kind of mysterious. It's elegant, but it's also powerful. It's pretty awesome." Bennett, a second-round pick by Dallas in '08 who had 85 receptions for 846 yards in his four seasons with the Cowboys, was less than awesome. That's largely because Bennett spent all his time in Dallas as a second option to Jason Witten. "I was the guy who was there just in case something happened to Witten," he says. "I played a lot, but it wasn't in a role in which I'd be catching 60 balls." Giants G.M. Jerry Reese has admired Bennett since he was at Texas A&M and says, "We just think he has a lot of potential that he hasn't been able to display yet." As the likely starter at tight end, he'll get that chance, and he seems poised to become something considerably less rare than a unicorn: a bargain free-agent find by Reese.