Saturday, March 16, 2013
Giants nab tight end Brandon Myers
By Dan Graziano
The New York Giants have agreed to terms on a contract with tight end Brandon Myers, according to Mike Garafolo. He replaces Martellus Bennett, who left for Chicago after one year with the Giants, and he represents a departure from Giants tight ends of recent past.
Myers was a pass-catching tight end in Oakland. He graded out as the worst blocking tight end in the league according to Pro Football Focus (by quite a wide margin), and it's surprising that the Giants decided to go with a tight end who's more of a receiver than a blocker. It makes you wonder if we can expect to see Myers used differently than Bennett and Jake Ballard were used the past two years. Those guys were blockers primarily, and the Giants picked their spots for using them as receivers in the passing game.
If Myers doesn't show improvement as a blocker this spring and summer over what he showed in Oakland, that might mean more playing time for someone like Bear Pascoe in the Giants' offense, especially on running downs. But it seems clear that they have added a nice passing-game weapon for Eli Manning with their latest pickup.