Thursday, December 5, 2013
TE Brandon Myers showing signs of life
By Matt Ehalt
Brandon Myers has totaled 100 yards receiving over the past two games.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After an eight-game stretch during which they barely connected, Giants tight end Brandon Myers finally seems to be back on the same page as quarterback Eli Manning.
Myers has caught a touchdown in the past two games, and his 100 combined receiving yards over the past two games are his most in back-to-back games since September. He's also been targeted 11 times in that span, and his 61 receiving yards Sunday against Washington were his most since Sept. 15.
"Last few weeks we've connected and made a couple of first downs and a couple of touchdowns, and you hope to build off that," Myers said. "Keep going one game at a time and build on it."
After a tough stretch in the middle of the season, Myers has shown signs of life by getting into the end zone in back-to-back games. He scored against Dallas on Nov. 24, and he had the game-tying score in the second quarter of the Giants' 24-17 win over the Redskins on Sunday. Myers said it takes time to integrate into a new offense and make the correct reads of the defense.
"We're just connecting. When my number's called, you always just try to make the play," Myers said. "There's some unfortunate things that went on early in the season that you can't really control. Now you've got to move on and make plays."
It has been a disappointing season for Myers. When the Giants signed him in the offseason, they hoped he could add a different dimension to the offense. Myers is known for his pass-catching, compared to his blocking, and figured to be a nice complement to the Giants' receiving trio of Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.
Myers got off to a great start by catching seven passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Dallas, and hauling in six passes for 74 yards in the second game against Denver. Unfortunately for Myers and the Giants offense, that's been his peak production thus far.
In his last 10 games, Myers has topped out at 61 yards, and he's had three games in which he hasn't caught a pass. Prior to Sunday's five-catch, 61-yard effort, Myers had a stretch of nine games in which he had no more than 42 receiving yards and no more than three catches.
"You got to do what the coaches tell you and when your number's called be ready to make a play," Myers said.
Myers also caught plenty of heat for failing to haul in a potentially game-altering pass in the Giants' 27-21 loss to Chicago on Oct. 10. Manning threw a high pass for Myers that went off his hands and was intercepted and essentially sealed the game late in the fourth quarter. If Myers had made that catch, the Giants would have been in prime position to score the go-ahead touchdown. They instead fell to 0-6.
The tight end says he hears about that game all the time.
"I was waiting for someone to bring that up," Myers said. "It's weekly."