The New York Giants won't be heading to Texas this weekend after an early loss in the playoffs, but the 2017 Super Bowl contenders are getting a boost from some of the franchise's former players.
The Atlanta Falcons have Matt Bryant, a former placekicker for the Giants. His stint in New York was short-lived, but he's improved drastically since then. In fact, he only progresses with age. Despite being 41 years old, he's at the top of his game after being selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time just last year.
Anthony Dable happened to be in the best situation yet as he just signed a contract with the Falcons in January. Now, the team is on their way to compete on the biggest stage in the world of sports. Something tells me he will recover after being cut from the Giants in 2016. For now, the French native has a reserve/future spot on the roster.
One of the New England Patriots key offensive weapons grazed the Giants roster back in 2012. Martellus Bennett took over as New England's primary TE after Rob Gronkowski season-ending injury. And he produced. He finished the season with 55 receptions for 701 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns. Bennett is in full fledged attack mode for this Sunday, but after he'll have time to think about his career as a free agent. The Giants are in need of a productive TE and Bennett has make it clear that he loves the franchise.
Bennett expressed his praise for the team via Newsday:
"I always loved it there," Bennett said. Jerry Reese and all those guys were great. The Tisch and Mara families are some of the best owners in the world. I liked it up there."
A possibility for a reunion? Still uncertain, but Giants fans were pretty upset when Bennett left in 2012 after a monster season.
So, there's a little Super Bowl optimism: Think of Sunday as a potential gain, not a loss. The "Black Unicorn" could be on the horizon in New York.