Brandon Myers officially joined the New York Giants on Sunday when he signed his contract. The 27-year-old will be the Giants' fourth starting tight end in four seasons.
"The opportunity to play in New York, to play on a big stage and to win ballgames, that’s what you strive for as a player – to be in contention to make the playoffs," Myers said. "I had a pretty good feeling this was going to work out. I’m excited and I’m ready to get to work.
"I'm definitely excited. When you join an organization like the Giants it's a great opportunity and I'm excited to be here and to get started."
Myers, 6-foot-4, 256 pounds, said he had heard good things about the Giants from former Giants tight end Kevin Boss, a teammate of Myers in Oakland.
"He's [Boss] been talking to me about New York. I'm blessed to know a guy like that who's been here and can tell me where to go," Myers said. "He told me what a great organization this is from top to bottom - the facilities to everything. He said it's a great place to be and told me if I have an opportunity to come here I should definitely think about it."
Myers is also looking forward to working with veteran tight ends coach Mike Pope.
"I've heard from numerous people in the Giants organization and players around the league about coach and I'm definitely excited for this opportunity and we'll run with it," Myers said.
Myers has played in 58 career games with 28 starts. He had his finest season in 2012, when he started all 16 games for the first time and had career-high totals of 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns. His 79 catches were 27 more than any of his Raiders teammates had, led all AFC tight ends and tied him with Buffalo's Stevie Johnson for seventh in the conference.
In a game against Cleveland on Dec. 2, Myers tied the Oakland franchise record with 14 receptions (for 130 yards a touchdown).
In his first three seasons combined, Myers had 32 catches for 250 yards and no scores.
"I was given an opportunity to play last season," Myers said. "The first three years there was always a guy ahead of me. That's the way it is sometimes. Last year, I was given an opportunity to make some plays and I did that.
The Giants hope to give him opportunities to make a lot more plays in 2013.