The New York Giants concluded a busy Saturday by coming to an agreement with free-agent tight end Brandon Myers, who caught 79 passes last season for the Oakland Raiders.
Myers, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound four-year veteran will replace Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Chicago Bears earlier in the week.
Myers, 27, did not become a full-time starter for the Raiders until the 2012 season.
Levi Damien, editor of SB Nation's Raiders web site, Silver and Black Pride, surprisingly said that Raiders' fans won't be upset to see Myers leave.
Brandon Myers was the default starter last season after the team cut ties with Kevin Boss for cap reasons. Myers took the opportunity and led the team in receptions. He showed surprising hands for a guy who was previously considered more of a utility and special teams player. Also surprising was how poorly he blocked -- an area which was supposed to be a strength of his. A prevailing thought, and one I share, is Myers' big numbers were more a product of the offense. The Raiders running game was terrible, lack of pass protection gave Carson Palmer little time to throw, and the wide receivers were suspect. Myers was the relief valve underneath quite often as Palmer. The team was fine letting him walk as a free agent and made no attempts to retain him. Brandon Myers has said so himself.
Before the 2012 season, Myers best season was 16 receptions in 2011.
Per Pro Football Focus, Myers caught 79 of the 101 passes thrown his way last year (78.2 percent). He had only six drops. The negative for Myers in the Giants' system is that he has not shown to be a good run blocker, having graded at -20.4 in that category in 2012, according to PFF. That made him the league's worst run-blocking tight end, meaning Giants' tight end Mike Pope has some work to do in that department.
Perhaps, though, this also signals a change in the way the Giants will employ the tight end. Perhaps Myers will be used more as a move tight end or H Back, a role the Giants hoped at one time that Travis Beckum would grow into. The Giants have veteran Bear Pascoe and second-year man Adrien Robinson to use in traditional blocking roles.
Only time will tell exactly what the Giants' plan is for Myers. Certainly, however, this has been an interesting day for the Giants.