Martellus Bennett had a lot of hateful things to say on the first day of training camp and most of his venom was directed at his old team, the Dallas Cowboys, with dash of it saved for the rest of the NFL as well.
"I just want to kick those guys' asses. That's what it's all about. We're cool but we ain't cool," said the New York Giants new tight end about his former team. "I've kind of got some ill feelings towards them overall. But it's a game. Every game is the same where I kind of hate everybody, honestly, in the NFL."
The outspoken Bennett wanted everyone to know his hate extends past the Cowboys.
"I have ill feelings towards everybody. It's just not Dallas," he made clear. "I have ill feelings towards everybody. It's just not Dallas [shoot], I pretty much hate anybody who doesn't play with us, I pretty much, I don't like 'em, a lot of people. I'm kind of [a jerk], but it's cool."
The oversized Giant— who recently did an interview shirtless to prove he's "not fat"— is looking at being a second or third option at the Giants tight end position.
Travis Beckum— coming back from a torn ACL— and Bear Pascoe are ahead of Bennett on the depth chart. Quarterback Eli Manning has become pretty adept at turning his tight ends into stars with his dump-off passes, so Bennett could be an important cog in the Giants system this season.
Because of a bad hamstring, Bennett didn't get to work out with any of the Giants during the offseason but claims he is "100%" right now.
"Super excited to play football. Couldn't sleep last night because I got so excited," he said. "I almost drove down here in the middle of the night but the wife told me I couldn't."
It sounds like we've only heard the first of Martellus "How you really feel" Bennett this season. The Giants and Cowboys open the NFL season Wed. Sept. 5.