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Giants’ Jerry Reese Says Brandon Myers Had “Disappointing” Season; Will Team Void His Deal?

January 10th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

After a breakout season with the Oakland Raiders in 2012, many expected tight end Brandon Myers to join the New York Giants, jell quickly with tight end coach Mike Pope and the Big Blue offense, and put up huge numbers. But, for a variety of reasons, that hope never materialized and Myers ended up having a rather sluggish year.

When all was said and done, Myers would end the season with 47 receptions for 522 yards and four touchdowns. And for General Manager Jerry Reese, that sort of production left a lot to be desired.

"We brought Myers in, he caught a bunch of balls out in Oakland. We thought he'd be quarterback friendly. He gave us the same production we've had for the last couple years," Reese said on Thursday. "We hoped he'd be an improvement for us, but that didn't happen for whatever reason. It's disappointing"

To Myers' credit, as Reese would allude, he got stuck doing a lot more blocking than originally planned. With injuries riddling the offensive line and depth at tight end, he became more of a blocking tight end than a receiving tight end — something that was far from his strong suit.

"He had to stay back and block more because of the problems on the offensive line," Reese added.

To add to his disappointing season, Myers had a bit of a Twitter blow-up near the end of the year, claiming he had been "cussed out" by some of his teammates for offering encouragement following a loss. He later recanted, saying his tweets were misunderstood and that he was "not good with words."

As a result of poor production, it would not come as any surprise if the Giants voided Myers' contract and sought out yet another new starting tight end. It would be their fifth in five years.

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33 Responses to “Giants’ Jerry Reese Says Brandon Myers Had “Disappointing” Season; Will Team Void His Deal?”

  1.  Krow says:

    I suppose he might stay if he’ll take a drastic pay cut. But the reality is that he’s 99% gone. He was a bad signing, and they should have known better. We don’t utilize a catch-first TE that’s not a blocker. Dumb move that yielded a bad result. That’s how dumb moves work.

  2.  PittsburghJim says:

    Let me understand this correctly….JR says this was an important year & there would be accountability as “everyone is on notice”….right?

    Then, after an embarrassing campaign for all parties wearing red, white & blue, the only “casualty” is a much beleaguered KG resigning on his own? With the titular owner admitting THANK GOD we didnt have to fire him, a.k.a. known as making the necessary HARD CHOICE???!
    Then Quinn stays on to boot?

    After all the G101 chatter & all the Giants brass chatter, what has actually HAPPENED to correct the ills of this 2013 season?

    Just asking.

    •  Krow says:

      It’s still kind of early. But as the old saying goes, “when all is said and done … much more will be said than done.”

  3.  jfunk says:

    I’ve been a huge JR supporter his entire tenure, but it’s really beginning to look more and more like he’s a problem.

    For all the Coughlin & KG bashing, EVERYBODY acknowledges that this team’s one true achilles heel was the total lack of serviceable talent on the offensive line. That’s 75% JR’s fault (including the entire scouting/college personnel department under him) and 25% coaching.

    This Myers move is also so bad it hurts. To still hear JR defending this move with the same old “he caught a ton of passes in Oakland” line. I know next to nothing about football, yet simply watching the Youtube highlights of Myers’ “breakout” year told me absolutely everything I needed to know about him that JR apparently couldn’t see.

    These were the “highlights” mind you…deliberately designed to showcase a player’s talent….and there wasn’t a single athletic play to be found anywhere in those 80+ catches. They all showed the exact same thing…Myers standing 5-10 yards down field, yes STANDING, with no defenders near him, completely squared up to his QB, catching passes tossed directly into his gut. Why? Because he was the last read when nobody else was open down field. Why? Because the scoreboard said Oakland: Very Little, Opponent: Much More.

    He accomplished all this while being ranked the worst starting blocking TE in the league. Tell me again what you saw in this guy JR. “He caught a bunch of balls.”? Really? You didn’t actually look at how/why he caught any of those? Don’t you have people to look at these things? What did they say about him? Do they still have jobs?

    •  nick86 says:

      yeah JRs inability to draft in round 2- 4 has really hurt this team recently. He does a nice job of hitting on 1st round guys for the most part (despite injuries). But this team is really lacking in in just solid, quality starters, not stars just quality starters. Aka younger versions of Diehl, Seubert, Webster, etc.

      We have too many aging veterans, well past their prime. And the organization seems to pinning their hopes to too many young, late round guys like Mosley, paysinger, etc.

  4.  nick86 says:

    Hey Jerry-

    You had a disappointing season last year as well. in fact you’ve had a few disappointing offseasons in a row. I think fans and ownership would like to see a little more production out of our GM. Too many recent draft picks and FAs aren’t panning out or have become injury prone.

  5.  kujo says:

    I gotta say, hearing Jerry Reese talk about how they were looking to Myers as a guy who could give them the same production that Boss, Ballard, and Bennett gave them, or that he “should be an improvement,” I felt like he should have his head examined. “He caught a bunch of balls in Oakland?” Are you f***ing kidding me? This guy is undersized (by “Giants tight end” standards) and, therefore, had difficulty executing the blocking assignments that our offense required.

    I mean, really. This guy reminds me of one of these airhead politicians like Gov. Chris Christie, or President Obama–whenever something bad happens, these guys don’t accept the blame and vow to make the necessary changes. No, they tell us that they are “shocked,” shrug their shoulders and tells us they’ll look into it.

    Jerry. You made a mistake. It’s okay…it happens! But don’t tell us that you didn’t forsee this, because either you’re telling the truth (and are therefore in possession of less intelligence than even the most optimistic of folk here on G101, who thought this signing was VERY suspect), or you’re lying.

  6.  William says:

    I’m not saying that Jr hasn’t made mistakes or may even be a core issue but all of that is conjecture because we know how much power TC yields. Until TC is gone and JR gets full control of the organization which includes picking his own head coach you really can’t make a call on his performance.
    The house cleaning may even include him. Thats the silver lining in all this which is Mara is finally waking up and getting the proper “power alignment” in the team. KG was the first step to removing the “emperor” and getting back control of the team. The fact that Quinn is staying shows you the dysfunction of the organization but it is what it is for now.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Yes but JR is the GM, on the official organizational chart, JR is Coughlin’s boss, not vice versa. Mara needs to recognize this dysfunction and act on it. Pushing out Gilbride was just to placate us fans who were force fed a sh** hoagie this year and will be again eating it next year. The problem here is clear, the stadium is sold out, what us fans think is of no consequence to the owner. This is just part of his portfolio and it makes him rich. Does anyone here actually think for a second that John Mara is losing any sleep over this? Writing is on the wall folk’s, none of this is going to change, if it was the whole staff would be gone and half of the players too.

  7.  kujo says:

    Marvin Austin, Clint Sintim, Ramses Barden, Ryan Nassib, Adrian Robinson, James Brewer, Phillip Dillard, Bryan Kehl, Jon Goff, Greg Jones……a whole bunch of nothing!

    Yes, Reese has done some great things–finding Cruz, chief among them. But there are wins left on the table as a direct result of his terrible draft picks, to say NOTHING of his misanthropic journeys into free agency. Does he have more or less of these than most other Gm’s? I mean, I don’t know. But a turd is a turd, and unless Reese learns the correct lessons from his recent string of failures–and, really…did his words yesterday, and last week inspire much confidence in you that he will– he’s going to make the same mistakes over and over and over. Like Groundhog’s day.

  8.  Krow says:

    Here’s the thing … if you’re a team on the brink of making a playoff run then it’s worth gambling on “boom or bust” players. They could supply the last piece of the Superbowl puzzle. I get that. But we’re talking a guy here or there. Not adopting this as some sort of overriding draft philosophy. Not doing it round after round … year after year.

    Also … everyone knows you don’t draft a RB in the first round. Why? Because they have remarkably short careers … AND … you can get serviceable ones in later rounds. This is a duh moment.

    Also 2.0 … it takes a special kind of stupid to move up to draft a player at a position you don’t need. Looking at you Ryan Nassib.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Well I actually deluded myself into thinking Nassib was going to be the back up, made perfect sense to me. Some draft experts had him the highest ranked Qb in the draft.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    The truth is that most GMs have plenty of misses. JR does have many mid round misses but looking at them without looking at his consistency of hitting in the first and later rounds is not not looking at the whole picture. I don’t think TC has done a great job in developing JR’s draft picks. Some i definitely on JR but not having the opportunity to play and develop does hurt as well.

    I feel like JR made a reasonable bet on the OL but I clearly didn’t work out. The OL in 2012 was good for the most part and we added a first round pick. If we got anywhere near the OL play of 2012 this year we would have probably won the division. Everything fell apart with the vets getting seriously injured, our new anchor imploding and most of our untested players flopping. The fix isn’t just about coming up with 5 good starters it’s about coming up with 8 good players that can hold their own if called upon. That doesn’t mean all new players but at least 2-3 quality players need to be added.

    But JR was 100% wrong on Myers. Like Kujo aid his flaws were obvious from the start. I hope for the best but I was never impressed by him because he could block, his catching radius was lacking and he clearly was a below average athlete. This has been JR’s worse move to me because it little upside IMO.

    •  kujo says:

      Baas, Myers and CC Brown.

      Those are the 3 worst FA signings.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      and he didn’t make a mistake on Robinson?

      He needs to stop drafting these guys that could be something in 4 years from now with development time. The strategy hasn’t panned out too well for this team as this years results as well as the previous year has proven.

      We need plug in and play now type of guys, and there are plenty of college ready players that can start immediately. See other teams.

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