After around a half season of woefully struggling to establish himself in the passing game, Cowboys’ tight end Martellus Bennett became a key contributor to the Dallas offense in Sunday’s overtime win over Washington at FedEx Field.
Bennett has always been a very good blocker, but early on in 2011 at least, he couldn’t seem to bring down even the most accurate passes thrown his way. This changed on Sunday. He made a nice catch on a ball that was tipped in front of him, on a drive that would result in the Cowboys’ go-ahead touchdown in regulation, and then, to begin the team’s overtime march, he took a pass 14 yards--most of these coming after Bennett had three Redskins hanging off of his person.
The Texas A&M product finished with three catches for 31 yards.
“I really needed this game,” Bennett said, per ESPN Dallas. “I know I didn’t have 150 yards or anything like that, but I really needed a game where I could get out there and get involved in the passing game. I was just getting in the routine of blocking, blocking, blocking. It kind of weighs down on you when you’re a tight end.
“I didn’t really need a swag boost, but I did need to go out there and catch a couple of balls. I was happy to go out there and have some success.”
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