Pro Bowl tight end Martellus Bennett is thriving in the New England Patriots’ Two-Tight End formation, having caught 6 balls for 67 yards and all 3 of Tom Brady’s touchdown passes in the Pats’ 33-13 drubbing of the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. Years before Bennett arrived in New England, however, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 and found himself buried on the bench behind Jason Witten.
“I was frustrated as f***,” Bennett told ESPN’s Mina Kimes in the newtork’s E:60 story, The Brothers Bennett, that first aired on Wednesday night. “I was going to retire after my third year in the league just because I was tired of all the b******t.”
Bennett totaled just 85 catches in his four years in the Cowboys. Witten had already appeared in four Pro Bowls and apparently wasn’t interested is passing along any knowledge
“Witten didn’t talk to me when I was in Dallas, he didn’t help me.” Bennett said. “Very rarely did we talk. He didn’t teach me nothing. I would ask him for advice and he would say, ‘Figure it out yourself.’ I hated him. I hated Witten.”
“I’m not a backup, so yea, I was frustrated as f***,” Bennett continued. “I’m faster than him, I’m stronger than him, I can jump higher than him. Then I kept thinking, ‘So how the hell is he always open?’
Asked about Jason Garrett, Bennett’s response was far less long-winded. But he made sure to say, “F*** Jason.”
Bennett left for the New York Giants in 2011, compiling 55 catches, 626 yards and 5 touchdowns. “In Texas you had to be a horse, but in New York you could be a unicorn,” Bennett said.