Bennett anxious for opener

Say what you want about all of his quirks and offbeat behavior, but one thing that can not be denied is that as tight ends go, Martellus Bennett is a rare athlete.

He stands 6-foot-6, weighs 267 pounds and can run and jump as well as some wide receivers.

But that athletic ability has not yet been on display — or at least not at its highest level — at this year's training camp in San Antonio's Alamodome. An ankle injury earned him a spot on the Active/Non-Football Injury List at the start of training camp, and despite the fact that he passed his physical July 30 and has returned to the practice field, he has continued to limp a little through his first full week of working out with the team.

"I've been limping the whole training camp — it's part of the grind," Bennett said. "It's something I've been going to treatment for. The trainers have been doing a good job — everybody's been working with me very well. I'm just trying to get back to 100 percent. It's the same stuff that's been bothering me the whole camp; it's just lingering around. It just kind of pisses me off sometimes because when I try to cut or something, I can't really do what I want to do. It's something I've been playing with.

"It's getting better, but it's just hard to get it to 100 percent when yo're running on it every day and getting treatment. You do a little bit, then you lose a little bit. It's just something I have to stay on top of."

Bennett said he doesn't know if — or how much — he'll play Sunday when the Cowboys open up the exhibition season against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Hall of Fame Game, but since this weekend isn't his first trip to Canton, he doesn't expect to get too caught up in the presence of the game's nearby shrine.

"We went there (in my) rookie year," Bennett said. "We went through the whole Hall of Fame thing our rookie year. I have some friends and family up there — well, they're like family. I hope they cook me a home-cooked meal: some red beans and rice, chicken, cornbread … something like that, but that's about it.

Cincinnati might provide Bennett and his teammates with a chance to see more former Cowboys than would any other opponent.

"(The Bengals) have Terrell Owens, Tank (Johnson), Pacman — I mean "Adam" Jones — Roy Williams the safety," he said. "It's always fun to see those guys — they're good people. I like T.O. — he's one of my favorite players, and Pacman — he's a good kid. He's just been getting things turned around, so I'm just happy for him to get another chance. I hope it works out for him. And then Tank Williams (has) always been a good guy … all of them guys. I only played one year with Roy — we kind of got into it, we'd go at each other … but I like them all.

None of his former teammates has gotten as much media attention this offseason as Owens, the future Hall of Fame receiver who spent about half a year looking for a new team after the Bills decided not to offer him another contract after he spent one season in Buffalo. Now that Owens has found an employer — and one with a potent offense that should be capable of scoring a lot of points — Bennett said he wouldn't be surprised if Owens has a special post-touchdown celebration worked up in case he finds himself in the end zone Sunday against his former team.

"T.O. — I'm pretty sure he's got something up his sleeves," Bennett said. "I don't know what kind of dance he has, but I want to see what he's going to do. We probably won't get to see what he's going to do because we will put Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman on him, so hopefully they'll do a good job on both of those guys (Owens and fellow wide receiver Chad Ochocinco). I think the Bengals are going to be a great team this year — they did well last year, (and) I think they're just going to build from there."

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