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Bennett, Bears trying not to wake sleeping Giants

Updated: October 9, 2013 11:41PM



The Giants are a sleeping … well, you know.

“Sometimes you get to step over him and you don’t wake him up,” Martellus Bennett said Wednesday at Halas Hall. “Sometimes you step over him and he grabs your leg.

“So we don’t want him to grab our legs.”

Bennett should know. The Bears tight end had 626 receiving yards last year, his lone season with the Giants.

After going 9-7 last year, the Giants are winless — and, probably, the NFL’s most disappointing team — entering Thursday night’s game at Soldier Field.

“It doesn’t bother my heart,” Bennett said. “I farm my land. I don’t farm other people’s land.

“So I don’t really worry about what they have grown in their garden. I just make sure my sunflowers are blooming.”

Bennett, who signed a free-agent deal with the Bears this offseason, praised Giants coach Tom Coughlin, saying “he’s going to do a great job” with the team.

He said he talks to his former teammates, who he looks forward to seeing before the game.

“They say, ‘Hey, make sure you come out a couple of minutes early, so we can talk, and I want to laugh,’” Bennett said. “I have a lot of good friends on that team. I look forward to seeing them.”

Giants quarterback Eli Manning joked he doesn’t know what the gregarious Bennett’s “new nickname is right now,” and that it seems to change “every few weeks.”

In seriousness, he said Bennett “prepared well” as a Giants player, “and did some good things for us.”

Bennett, who has 281 receiving yards and three touchdowns this year, said playing his old team “is not strange for me at all.”

He said he roots for them the rest of the season.

“I hope all of them have bad games this week,” he said.

Email: pfinley@suntimes.com

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