Back in March, the New York Giants made perhaps one of their best signings in free agency when they landed former Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers to a four-year, $14.25 million deal to replace the departed Martellus Bennett.
Myers got his first chance to start in the NFL back in the 2012 season after former Giant Kevin Boss departed from Oakland and Myers made the most out of his opportunity, hauling in 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns playing in an underperforming offense with quarterback Carson Palmer. Now, Myers has a chance to play with an elite quarterback in Eli Manning, who has a history of throwing to tight ends in the current offense, so Myers will definitely see a lot of looks his way.
Myers chose the Giants over nine or ten teams that had reported interest in his services in free agency and a big reason why he chose to come to New York was playing with Manning and in the Giants offense, as he told Dave Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger.
"It all worked out for the best. I’m with a great organization, a proven team with a proven quarterback (Eli Manning), in an offense that if you’re a tight end and you can get open, you’ll get a lot of opportunities to catch the ball."
What Myers was referring to as "it all worked out" was the contract that Myers signed, in which only the first year was guaranteed, which is for $2.25 million; the other three years on the deal are voidable, but the tight end isn't too worried about the deal he has with the Giants.
When asked about replacing Bennett, who stepped in during 2012 and had his breakout season; his first as a starter with 55 catches for 626 yards and five touchdowns, which then lead to him landing a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears, Myers didn't want to think about the past and is only focusing on the future with the Giants.
Last year is last year. There are different aspects of his game and my game. I think it’s all about the system rather than the player. It’s about knowing what you have to do and being where you have to be and when your number is called make the play. I don’t really feel any pressure. I think winning takes care of all of that. If you win games, obviously that means guys are playing at a high level. I don’t really worrying about proving myself.
A while back, Myers had talked about how in Oakland he played under six different offenses in five seasons and now with the Giants, he'll be playing in another new offense under offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and tight end coach Mike Pope. Myers said learning the offense is his goal heading into training camp and the season.
"I think the main thing with me being new to the offense is the playbook. Just sticking in the playbook. There are so many different options as the tight end. It’s a lot different than a lot of other offenses I’ve been in."
Myers was originally a sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Iowa by the Oakland Raiders in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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