Experience drew Giants to TE Myers


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Not a lot going on here at New York Giants training camp yet today, so here's a little something I found while going through my notes from last week:

We know the Giants are going to be using their fourth different starting tight end in four years, as Brandon Myers was brought in to take over that role after Martellus Bennett left for Chicago via free agency. We know that Myers caught 79 passes for the Raiders last year. We have heard that he's not much with the blocking, which could be a problem since Bennett was and since the Giants tend to like their tight ends to be blockers first and receivers second. Bennett's 55 catches last year were the most by a Giants tight end since Jeremy Shockey caught 57 passes in 2007. Over the past five years, the Giants' leading tight end has averaged 40.6 catches.

But while he wouldn't go so far as to say that the arrival of Myers signals a potential change in the way the Giants might use the tight end in their offense, Giants GM Jerry Reese did explain what he liked about Myers when he went out tight end-hunting this past offseason.

"Myers is a veteran who knows how to play, and we've been working with kids," Reese told me during a recent practice. "(Tight ends coach) Mike Pope's been developing guys as we go. Even Martellus was kind of inexperienced, since he hadn't been the No. 1 guy in Dallas. And Brandon's a guy we feel we can just plug him in, maybe give us a guy we don't have to coach up as much. He can come in and know what to do and be a good addition for us."

Giants fans have come to rely on Pope's (not to mention quarterback Eli Manning's) ability to "coach up" tight ends into productive players, even as the position turns over every year. It's possible that Myers' experience, as a relatively established player heading into his fifth NFL season, frees up Pope to spend more time working with a young tight end such as Adrien Robinson. Either way, it's clear the Giants don't expect Myers to be any kind of downgrade for them at the position.