Martellus Bennett weighs in at 291 pounds

Getty Images

If Giants tight end Martellus Bennett doesn’t want to get moved to offensive tackle, he’s going to need to lose some weight.

Bennett, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Giants in March, has been hampered by a hamstring injury this offseason. And the inability to run is starting to show around his midsection, Giants tight ends coach Mike Pope said.

He weighed in at 291 pounds last week. So I think that is probably a little too big for his legs to carry,” Pope said of Bennett. “We run a lot more than he might have been accustomed to. Plus we are in the middle of a weight program and the combination of those two things has caused him, especially, to have some problems with his hamstrings. He can’t afford to miss time, either. Because he needs every possible rep he can take.”

The 6-foot-6 Bennett has always been a big guy, but he was a big guy when weighing in at 265 pounds. At 291, he’s a fat guy. Giants tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum both suffered torn ACLs in the Super Bowl, and the Giants are counting on Bennett to get in good enough shape to play four quarters for them when the season starts.

37 responses to “Martellus Bennett weighs in at 291 pounds

  1. You don’t get fat for the 1 year “prove it” deal. You’re supposed to play well and get paiiiiid. Idiot.

  2. V Shank is still available, he’d like to go back to NY. That way he won’t be the only one trying to get his face in front of the camera. MN Fans hated him, glad he’s gone.

  3. Good luck with that bum Giants…you can also have Mike Jenkins if you want…

  4. I thought when we signed him that Reese was getting a little too cute. Yea he has potential, but 3 million for a Cowboys backup TE who hasnt shown any pass catching ability?

    Was hoping the one year deal would make him go out and “prove” himself. But looks like he is who Cowboys fans have been saying he was….

  5. Don’t laugh too hard Cowboys fans.

    Remember when Jerry Jones turned down a 2nd round pick for Martellus? Think he’d like that decision back?

  6. That’s 14 lbs lighter than what my fiancee weighs in at. I wonder if Bennett would be willing to share his diet secrets.

  7. If Bennett is ‘fat’ at 6’6″ 291lbs, what does that make every offensive linemen that’s over 300lbs?

    Or nose tackles that are 6’2″ @ 330lbs?

  8. This dude has been a disappointment his entire career. Talent but no brain to put it together. Maybe the Giants should cut him now and get it over with. With a bad hamstring he can swim. He might not be able to run, but damn, do something.

  9. At this point cowboys fans are just glad that you someone else’s problem now. But yeah, it would be nice to get that second round pick.

  10. Dude needs to do the Jared Fogle diet, then in a few months when he loses the weight Martellus has got himself a job in Subway commercials.

  11. no excuse to be 26 pounds overweight still. maybe if he didn’t eat like an idiot, he’d be fine. working out is only 20% of the process, the other 80% is nutrition. you’d think training staffs would teach that over the league by now.

  12. And Jerry Jones wouldn’t trade him for 2 first round picks. Cowboys don’t win another until Jerry cuts the crap and stops meddling and goes and plays golf and just writes the checks.

  13. The guy always complained about being under utilized in Dallas then goes to the team that just won the Superbowl and has the chance to be a key member in a prolific passing attack and he shows up overweight. GENIUS!

  14. nastynate22 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:40 PM

    He’s all yours Giants fans! Hahahahahaha!
    Cowboys Fans


    Yeah… for 1 year.

    We need offensive line help anyway…

  15. There’s nothing ‘tight’ about 291lbs on a TE. Pushing 300lbs? Mercy!

  16. You got a one year deal AND you just pissed off Coughlin? Wouldn’t want to be him when training camps opens. Tom’s face is going to be beet red and it won’t have anything to do with the GB cold weather. He’ll be screaming in Bennett’s ear morning, noon, & night. Guy will either be cut or he’ll never be fat again in his entire life. Welcome to misery, Martellus. You really screwed with the wrong coach.

  17. For the Giants’ sake, Bloomberg better get that no large soda law pushed through before training camp.

  18. Im glad he’s on the giants. Wont have to worry about the TE position on Sept. 30th.

  19. Best believe MB will drop all that during camp (if he’s not cut first) but I still think the Giants need to bring in a veteran at TE. Just not Shockey. Fredo broke our hearts..

  20. I see back up Tackle, with the occasional Tackle eligible play if he even makes the team. It’s a shame the guy has one job to do in the off season, STAY IN SHAPE! And he can’t do it only one way to interpret this… LAZY,!!!

  21. This guy struck me as a dumb, lazy, undisciplined, uncommitted slacker when I watched him on the Cowboys version of Hard Knocks. Looks to me as my first impression was right. I think the Giants may have picked him up out of desperation because of the two TE ACL’s in the Super Bowl.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.