Bennett was a 2nd round pick in 2008 by the Cowboys, but with Jason Witten in town he was largely underutilized, except as a run blocker, where he was a fantastic one. He’s been a top 5 run blocker at the tight end position according to ProFootballFocus in each of the last 2 seasons, including 2nd in 2010 and 1st in 2011. That alone is worth the 2.5 million dollars the Giants paid him, especially since they need tight end help with Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard suffering torn ACLs in the Super Bowl.
However, Bennett does have some natural pass catching abilities as well (49 catches during his final season year at Texas A&M), though he was underutilized in this aspect in Dallas. He’s got great upside to become a legitimate starting tight end in this league. I love this deal for the Giants. The only bad part is that it’s a one year deal so if he breaks out as a legitimate top-15 tight end, they will have to pay after the season to keep him.