Martellus Bennett caught five passes for a career-high 79 yards on Sunday against the Redskins.
“It was probably my worst game as a Giant since I’ve been here,” Bennett said.
That’s because of the plays he didn’t make, both in the passing and running games.
“That's the thing about this game,” Bennett said. “A lot of people just look at stats. I thought I played better against the 49ers than I played this past week so my thing is just improving and getting better from week to week … I just felt I played better (against the 49ers). I just didn't play well overall (against the Redskins). I didn't play that well. I just got to get better.”
Perhaps the most glaring mistake was on Eli Manning’s first interception when the quarterback overthrew the tight end and the ball was picked off.
“They kind of fooled me on the coverage,” Manning said. “I thought it was going to be two-man and the corner came off and I think Martellus saw it and so he slowed down to try to stop in the little hole right there and I didn’t see the corner come off and he made a good play.”
Bennett described it differently. And more succinctly.
“I screwed him on a couple of plays,” he said of Manning. “I could've broken up the ball or some (thing). I don't know.”
The Giants have been tickled by the production Bennett has given them. He’s caught 25 passes for a career-high 305 yards. He trails only Victor Cruz in receptions on the team and has scored three touchdowns. And he can have days like Sunday when he puts up apparently decent numbers.
“It's because everybody looks at fantasy football stats,” Bennett said of numbers being misleading.
“There’s more to the game than that, though,” Tom Coughlin said. “I would say it’s good of him to be hard on himself. I know he can be a better blocker. I think there’s some things in the pass game that he could’ve done better.”
He’ll get a chance to against his former team on Sunday, a return to Dallas, the city where he has repeatedly noted that he couldn’t be “himself” and they wanted to turn him into a Jason Witten prototype. He’s said that he has a better relationship with Manning now than he had in four years with Tony Romo in Dallas.
“I think the sky's the limit for us and our relationship,” Bennett said. “(But I’ve) got a lot to improve on, me personally.”