Martellus Bennett: I’m 291 because I “rocked out” in the weight room

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When Giants tight ends coach Mike Pope revealed that Martellus Bennett’s weight had ballooned to 291 pounds this offseason, Pope said Bennett was “too big for his legs to carry.” But Bennett talked to reporters shirtless today and told them he’s 291 pounds of solid muscle.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Bennett stood in front of the media in just shorts and asked, “Do I look fat?” (Vacchiano does not supply his answer.)

Bennett added that he reached to 291 pounds (up from his lifted weight of 265) because he “rocked out” in the weight room and turned himself into “a physical freak.”

“I’m one of the top 5 strongest guys on this team right now,” Bennett said.

That statement may not speak well to the Giants’ offensive and defensive linemen, but if Bennett has been working as hard in the weight room as he claims, good for him. Still, the fact that his position coach thinks he’s too big for his legs to carry is a concern, because the Giants are counting on Bennett’s legs to be fresh into the fourth quarter this season.

59 responses to “Martellus Bennett: I’m 291 because I “rocked out” in the weight room

  1. If you are looking for a TE who is in actuality not much more than a very mobile pulling guard opening holes for the running game, then this would be good news. If you are looking for a TE who will run and catch passes in the seam downfield, then 291 is not going to be mobile enough to help you.
    On the other hand, if he ever does catch a pass I’d hate to be the strong safety whose job it is to tackle him!

  2. 265 or 291, he’s still the guy that took the moniker “Hand Of Stone” away from Roberto Duran. Couldn’t catch a cold soaking wet.

  3. I wonder if his new “rocked out” body will allow him to be a better pass receiver.

  4. God forbid the moron vacchiano actually answers the question. that guy is just a waste of a giants beat writer. bennett will be fine.

  5. He rocked out 26 lbs. of muscle? LOL…he must think we’re idiots. Just in the offseason? I don’t think that’s possible regardless of how hard you juice.

  6. Mike Pope is one of the most respected coaches in the NFL. If he says your to big then your to big. Muscle or not… No one cares how much you can bench but can you run routes and catch the ball as our starting TE.

  7. I am no Marty b fan but the morons in this page who think he should per in a cup cause he put on 25 pounds in 4 months get a clue. I can fluctuate from 190 to about 210 in a six week period by eating and working out hard but I would guess that none of you couch potatoes has a clue that it’s possible. So 25 pounds in 4 to 6 months on a 6-7 frame for a proffesional athelete who prob has a trainer and nothing to do but hit the gym in his off time yeah very possible

  8. its funny…..all these posts telling complaining about how horrible a TE this guy is, and yet he’s immensely more talented than any TE the giants currently have. anyone check out jake ballard’s numbers from last year (and prior to last year, jake ballard was a NOBODY who didnt even catch passes in college)?? trust me all ye of little faith…and of no clue…pope will work WONDERS with bennett.

  9. The bigger you are the harder it is to get oxygen to your muscles, so as a tight end that probably wasn’t the best idea, and to gain almost 30 lbs of muscle in 6 months is physically impossible w/o juicing.

  10. 30 pounds of muscle in 3 months?

    Looks like the NFL needs to poke around the medicine cabinet in the Giants locker room.

  11. The question is that some of you may not know tht i know personally. Is this new steroid freak still trying to pursue his singing career which is why in Dallas he never seemed interested in being a top flight TE. Yes know his manager and the caterer who did his so called album release (listening) party in Dallas, the same year he got hurt….. And now he is in the Big City, where stars are born or others flame out trying.

  12. I honestly don’t care how big he is, he is soft. For someone with his physical tools and what everyone thought was “athleticism” coming out of college, he got absolutely shoved around and exposed frequently. He was supposed to be a threatening tandem with Witten but Bennett showed time and time again that he was not prepared for the NFL workload. Good riddance. I sure hope he tanks on the Giants as he did for the Cowboys.

  13. Well I gues Left Tackels do get paid better than Tight Ends if that’s what he is shooting for… Love the David Boston References…

  14. Hahahaha! He signed a one year prove it deal, and he’s effing that up by showing up to camp out of shape?

    Perhaps by “rocked out” he meant “I’m still pursuing my music career”.

    He’s all yours, Giants. No regrets here. -Every single Cowboys fan who has seen him play.

  15. 265 or 291, he’s still the guy that took the moniker “Hand Of Stone” away from Roberto Duran. Couldn’t catch a cold soaking wet.

     Nice quote but is Duran was Hands of Stone Carlos Rogers is the NFL Hands of Stone. Maradonna was The Hand of God. Bennett sounds like his moniker should be Hands to Mouth.

  16. This Giants’ fan isn’t worried. We don’t run a slacker country club like Dallas does, hence why will kill it in January and Dallas crumbles in December. Coughlin will have that dude in tip-top come week 1.

  17. Again all of you body builders who assume he juiced because it’s incomprehensible to add not 30 but the actual 25 he put in in about 5 months. That’s 5 pounds a month oon a 6-7 guy with the right workout and diet it’s more than possible. I wouldn’t expect half of the idiots posting to understand because most of these toads wouldn’t know a real workout or healthy diet if it hit them in the mouth

  18. What happened to the days where you were trying to impress hot moms as a lifeguard at the local pool????

    Seriously, you talk about this with Deadspin back in 2009!!!!

    If the Giants win the Super Bowl they will show you that character really does not matter!!!! Mr. “291” = Case in Point!!!

    However, it seems like the opposite of what the reality truly is!!!

  19. This Giants’ fan isn’t worried. We don’t run a slacker country club like Dallas does, hence why will kill it in January and Dallas crumbles in December. Coughlin will have that dude in tip-top come week 1.

    Only if the Giants give him a brain and work ethic transplant

  20. Some guys will never learn that athletica isn’t body building. Having a great beach body won’t necessarily make you better. A great beach body comes from mom and dad as much as it does feom hard work. Many of us couldn’t look like cover models of Men’s Fitness no matter how hard we worked because it’s simply not in our genetic makeup.

  21. @paulsmith107,

    Thank you. I was wondering if I was the only one feeling as though I was in the Twilight Zone reading all of these bone-headed remarks. Protein Shakes and hard work in the weight room can definitely put 25 pounds on a guy his size.

  22. Sweet Jesus, looking at these photos the guy is WWE huge. Did not lie about it being all muscle. Not sure that does him any good on the field.

  23. LMAO at all the Giants fans thinking their TE coach is going to turn around Bennett. Bennett previously played in the same organization that turned a 3rd round pick Jason Witten into an All Pro TE. This kid has been an underachiever dating back to college, and he’s already ballooned up so fat under Pope that he can’t even practice.

  24. Until sports do blood testing routinely fans are going to suspect foul play. Everyone is using “supplements”, and very occasionally, they get caught. Fore every one that gets caught how many more don’t?

    I remember Joselio Hanson, the Eagles nickle corner. First year or so he was slow to the ball, and when trying to tackle he would be routinely carried a few yards downfield on the oppositions back. Over the next year or so he gt noticeably quicker and stronger. I said to myself, “Guy came form a small school and finally got his hands on NFL quality PED’s.” Obviously he received a suspension within a year or so of this for violating the substance policy…

  25. paulsmith107 says:Jun 4, 2012 1:29 PM

    I am no Marty b fan but the morons in this page who think he should per in a cup cause he put on 25 pounds in 4 months get a clue. I can fluctuate from 190 to about 210 in a six week period by eating and working out hard but I would guess that none of you couch potatoes has a clue that it’s possible. So 25 pounds in 4 to 6 months on a 6-7 frame for a proffesional athelete who prob has a trainer and nothing to do but hit the gym in his off time yeah very possible

    25 lbs of straigh weight gain and 25 lbs of weight gain through muscle is 2 different things moron

  26. Better get used to seeing him block giants fans cause Bennett can’t catch a cold butt naked in the snow!

  27. Proven fact that muscle mass weighs more than fat, with that being said, there is no way in 6 months that he put on 30 pounds of muscle without all of the following, very strict diet, living in the gym, and a little “help”… that “do I look fat” quote had juicer written all over it, trust me on this, he might as we’ll had ended his quote with, “bro” …

  28. @Paul Smith

    You couldn’t be more wrong. A professional bodybuilder, if they train 100% correct, eat 100% correct, rest 100% correct, and manage their hormones 100% correct, can gain a maximum 20 lbs of muscle in an entire YEAR.

    Just because you did some curls and drank some protein shakes, and you go on the scale and see the weight going up doesn’t mean it’s ‘muscle’. Most likely it’s water-weight, glycogen stores being filled up and fat, with about 10-15% of that weight being actual muscle.

  29. jdandcoke says:Jun 4, 2012 1:30 PM

    its funny…..all these posts telling complaining about how horrible a TE this guy is, and yet he’s immensely more talented than any TE the giants currently have. anyone check out jake ballard’s numbers from last year (and prior to last year, jake ballard was a NOBODY who didnt even catch passes in college)?? trust me all ye of little faith…and of no clue…pope will work WONDERS with bennett
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    he’s the best one on the team now???? man ,,THATS BAD.I watched him play for the Cowboys and he STUNK……I’d feel sorry for you guys….but…. Its the Giants…………….’.nuff said

  30. A couple of decades ago when I still watched pro rasslin’, whenever a performer came back from “an overseas tour” and was fatter, the announcers would say that he had decided to add some upper body strength.

  31. paulsmith107 says:Jun 4, 2012 1:29 PM

    I am no Marty b fan but the morons in this page who think he should per in a cup cause he put on 25 pounds in 4 months get a clue. I can fluctuate from 190 to about 210 in a six week period by eating and working out hard but I would guess that none of you couch potatoes has a clue that it’s possible. So 25 pounds in 4 to 6 months on a 6-7 frame for a proffesional athelete who prob has a trainer and nothing to do but hit the gym in his off time yeah very possible
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    Anyone can put on 25 pounds in 4 months if they eat enough calories….that’s not what people are skeptical about….they are skeptical because he seems to be claiming that he put on 25lbs of rock solid muscles in 4 months. Sorry…that doesn’t happen no matter what your size. As someone that works out and has played football with various individuals of various sizes that is damn near impossible to do without some sort of chemical help. Even with chemical help tht is hard to do.

  32. Unfortunately for Bennett, he was such a clown in Dallas that no one takes him seriously or believes him now that he’s in New York. No matter how he gained all this weight, I just don’t think weighing almost 300 pounds will make him a very good tight end. However, he wasn’t all that great to start with. Does anyone really believe the Giants would have signed this clown if they hadn’t lost 2 of their tight ends during the Super Bowl?

  33. For the last 2 years I kept saying why don’t the Cowboys turn this guy into a tackle, al la HOF Rayfield Wright…who was a basketball player in college. Despite Marty B’s idiosyncracies and other foolishness, he can block…he can’t catch, but he can block! I say put another 15 lbs on and see what happens. He’s only signed for one year, and at 291 you can forget about TE.

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