LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 16: Martellus Bennett #80 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter against LaRon Landry #30 of the Washington Redskins during the game on November 16, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
During an interview after practice on Wednesday, Bennett provided his usual mix of irreverent humor and shop talk, the latter of which seems propelled by an offseason that saw a mini-controversy and a lot of growth for the former Aggie as a football player.
"I feel a lot sexier this year," Bennett said. "That's the main thing for me, just making sure I'm super-sexy. And I think it's been paying off very well. If you're sexy, you look good, you play good."
The sophomore seems poised to break out in 2009, after a rookie season that saw him catch four touchdown passes in limited playing time; this season, Dallas has made clear that they want to make the most of Bennett's outstanding athleticism via the two tight end set, which will be unveiled for the first time in any real capacity on Sunday in Southern Florida.
Hopefully for Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett, this will be no small part of an offense which will be a sight more stable, if not more productive, than that of 2008.
What's different this year? Well, beside the absence of Terrell Owens, Bennett says that hard work, and a camp tougher than any the team has faced has bred a new level of competitiveness and attention to detail among the players.