Many New York Giants fans were not happy to see tight end Martellus Bennett leave NY for the Chicago Bears this offseason. To fill this void, Jerry Reese decided to sign former Oakland Raiders TE Brandon Myers to a four-year, $14.25 million contract, with the first year being the only that is guaranteed. Myers will be making $2.25 million this season while collecting $4 million annually over the next 3 years (which are voidable by the team), a very cap friendly move for the G-Men.
Myers is coming off a breakout season in Oakland, where he snagged 79 receptions for 806 yards and four TD’s, numbers comparably better than those of Bennett (55 rec, 626 yds, five TD’s). While the offensive numbers are impressive, a major knock against Myers is that he struggles with blocking. Some of this may have been due to the fact that Myers was playing injured throughout the 2012 season.
Myers suffered a sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder, an injury that would undoubtedly affect your ability to block. Giants TE coach Mike Pope tends to get the most out of his players as he has helped players such as Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard, and even Bennett have career years in NY.
Myers clearly has the offensive ability to have a great season with the Giants. The 6-foot-3, 256-pound tight end is extremely QB-friendly, and with Eli Manning having a history of liking his tight ends (99 targets to TE last year), Myers could be in for an even better season than last.