Brandon Myers Ready to Take Next Step for New York Giants
Added by Vin D'Anton on August 4, 2013.
A mainstay in the New York Giants organization is a coach that has all four Giants Super Bowl rings, such as tight ends coach Mike Pope. Pope is considered the best of all time at his job, and how can he not be? The first great tight end he coached was Mark Bavaro. Then, in New England, he coached Ben Coates to an All-Pro season in 1995. Since his return to New York in 2000, Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Martellus Bennett became legitimate NFL tight ends under his tutelage.
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This offseason, the Giants added a tight end to their roster via free agency from the Oakland Raiders, Brandon Myers. On March 16, he signed a 4-year and $14 million dollar deal, a nice price for a 27-year old coming off a career seasons with an abysmal team.
In 2012, Myers total of 79 passes (led team) for 806 yds and 4 TDs. He can only improve under Pope, and he’s already excited a week into camp when talking about the drills Pope has him running.
“It’s been totally different and it’s been good,” Myers told the media. “It has helped me out, in the run and the pass, so it’s exciting.”
Myers played with Carson Palmer in Oakland; now he’s playing with Eli Manning, who loves to throw the ball to big targets and give them a chance to catch a jump ball.
“It’s great (playing with Eli),” said Myers. “He’s been there, he’s proved it; you know, if you’re on the same page as him, he’s going to find you, and that’s what we’ve kind of been building, the same page, and like I was saying earlier hopefully when it’s third down, or something like that, if you can do it in practice, he’s going to trust you in the game, so that’s my job as a tight end.”
Most importantly, Myers is ready (and Pope will make him) to take his game to the next level by becoming a better blocking tight end. Any Giant fan knows that Tom Coughlin and coach Pope don’t want tight ends that can only help in the passing game.
“To be an all-around tight end has always been what I’ve strived to be,” Myers said. “Catches are nice and whatever, but if you can be out there every down, run play, pass play, blocking, you’re blocking some pretty big guys, so I’ve always tried to stay on the field and not be a situational tight end, but an every down tight end.”
Myers is the first to admit that he isn’t that good of a blocker…yet.
“I mean, obviously, last year I didn’t block as well as I’d have liked to, but coming here with an organization like the Giants with a coach, with a quarterback, with a winning tradition… It was important for me to come here to, like I said, be an every down tight end; yeah, that’s the tight end’s job, to block, and run routes, so I just try to do that and get better at everything I do each and every day,” Myers said.
This is a great situation for both teams and Myers is arguably the best pick up General Manager Jerry Reese made this offseason. Last offseason, there were a lot of question marks surrounding newly acquired Martellus Bennett, one year in New York gave him his best season and nice new contract with the Chicago Bears, worth more than Myers’.
There is nowhere to go but up for Brandon Myers while he’s in blue.