The New York Giants had a productive tight end in TE Martellus Bennett last season, but decided he wasn’t worth bringing back and taking up cap space they wanted to use re-signing other players. The Giants replaced Bennett, who signed a multi-year deal with the Chicago Bears, with former Oakland Raiders’ TE Brandon Myers.
Myers was very productive in the 2012 season with the Raiders, being targeted over 100 times by QB Carson Palmer and totaling 79 receptions. Not bad for a player the Giants didn’t have to spend much money on. Before his breakout 2012 campaign, however, Myers only had 32 receptions total in his first three seasons.
The Giants used their fourth-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on TE Adrien Robinson, who general manager Jerry Reese promptly dubbed, “the Jason Pierre-Paul of tight ends.” Robinson measures in at 6-foot-4 and 264 pounds, so his physique is a bit startling. The Giants believes Robinson has tremendous upside and they believe he’ll be the pass-catching threat the Giants need in their offense.
Robinson wasn’t active for many games last season, so it’s up to him to gain the trust of the offensive coaches this offseason. If Robinson wants to make an impact in the 2013 season, he’ll need to get as many reps with QB Eli Manning as he possibly can to develop chemistry. It’s not always easy, but Manning turns mediocre talent into important assets because of his ability to work on chemistry with his receivers.
Myers is only signed for a year and will be an unrestricted free agent next season. He’ll most likely be a cap casualty like Bennett was this offseason. So it’s very important Robinson establishes himself sooner than later.