Mike Pope, tight end coach for the New York Giants, is concerned about the weight of the Giants free agent pick up Martellus Bennett.
Bennett, who is listed at 6-6 265 pounds, is reportedly up to 291 pounds now. The 25-year-old tight end has been dealing with a hamstring injury and Pope says that a reason for the injury is because of Bennett’s weight.
“Other than the hamstring injury, he is making progress,” Pope said of Bennett to ESPN New York. “He catches on. He weighed in at 291 pounds last week. So I think that is probably a little too big for his legs to carry. We run a lot more than he might have been accustomed to.”
Bennett, mainly known for off-field antics, was expected to be an impact player for the Dallas Cowboys when he was there. Many expected the athletic player to be a factor in the passing game, but that didn’t work out.
In his four seasons with the Cowboys, Bennett caught a total of 85 passes for 846 yards and four touchdowns (all touchdowns were during his rookie season).