Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was not amused by TE Martellus Bennett‘s latest claim that he could be one of the game’s best if the Cowboys coaches used him correctly.
- “I think I could be one of the all-time greats,” Bennett told the Dallas Morning News on Monday. “I think the Cowboys are a great fit for me. Probably the system has to change for me to produce. Some things they have to do on the coaching side of the ball to make me … You’ve got to fit into the system. It’s not just all on the player. It’s different things that have to be done to put me in a position to make those plays.”
Bennett showed promise during his rookie season two years ago, catching four touchdowns, but failed to reach the end zone in 2009, and finished with only 15 receptions for 159 yards.
Jones told the Dallas Morning News that it comes down to maturity.
- “When you evaluate a player both from a standpoint of skill or a standpoint of the other intangibles when you see him do it, then you know he can do it,” Jones said. “We’ve seen Martellus do everything that it takes to be an All-Pro football player. We’ve seen that happen. Now just like any real accomplished player, athlete, boxer or whatever, he’s got to make it part of his every day makeup. If he does, he’ll be a great player for the Cowboys.”
Bennett has a history of opening his mouth at the wrong time.
A Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter once said that Bennett had more memorable quotes than memorable catches during his college career at Texas A&M. A skill that has carried over to Bennett’s professional career with the Cowboys.
Bennett came into the NFL making light of QB Tony Romo‘s relationship with Jessica Simpson, and came somewhat of a fan favorite on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” during his rookie season.
Other news making its way around the Web on Thursday:
- A source tells Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia that the Seahawks are interested in Eagles backup QB Kevin Kolb. There was an earlier report that the Seahawks were interested in Kolb and Donovan McNabb, but the source says that it is only Kolb. The Seahawks traded Seneca Wallace this week, and are looking for depth at quarterback.
- The Eagles do not have any interest in free agent RB Mike Bell, a source told The Inquirer.