Brandon Myers visiting with the Giants, could be a great fit

Brandon Myers ain’t pretty, but he’s effective.

According to several news sources, Oakland Raiders TE Brandon Myers will be visiting with the Giants. My instant reaction is to absolutely love this fit for the Giants.

On PhiladelphiaEagles.com a few weeks ago, Greg Cosell and Adam Caplan broke down film of all the TEs available in free agency. Here’s what Cosell said about Myers:

You have to understand what he is. Myers is basically a short to intermediate, between-the-numbers kind of receiver. That’s what his game is. He doesn’t run real well… He’s not going to run down the seam like Jared Cook. Myers is not that guy. You can’t count on him as a vertical threat in your offense. He must be with receivers that can provide that, so he can work inside in the shorter areas.

Former Giants TEs Jake Ballard and Kevin Boss will never be mistaken as speed demons, and yet they were productive in the Giants’ offense. Why? Well, let’s take a look at what Eli Manning had to say about rookie RB David Wilson during OTAs last offseason:

“You see talent and you see speed, and quickness, so those are obviously important things.  But for a running back it’s learning technique, footwork.  Protections are going to be a big deal, knowing what to do. If I’m changing protections and changing plays, is he going to be ready for that? And also routes.  Routes versus every concept, knowing where to be and all those things.  Those things are what usually take the longest and sometimes holds up a running back from getting on the field.”

Eli was of course talking a RB there, not a TE, but the same concept applies. He needs to be able to trust that the TE knows where he has to be. I’m not so sure Eli Manning and Martellus Bennett ever really developed that chemistry. Last season, Bennett caught 62.5% of the passes thrown his way. That may sound good, but for a TE, it is not. According to PFF, Bennett ranked 52nd out of 62 TEs that played in at least 25% of their team’s snaps last season in completion percentage. Myers, meanwhile, led all TEs in completion percentage for players with at least 50 targets, with a whopping 78.2%. Those numbers show that he and Carson Palmer were clearly on the same page.

Last season, Myers had 79 catches (4th in the NFL for TEs) for 806 yards (6th in the NFL for TEs) and 4 TD. That was with the Raiders. With Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Reuben Randle all being legitimate weapons down the field, I think Myers would be an outstanding fit working the middle of the field in NJ.

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  2. […] Giants is the signing of Raiders TE Brandon Myers. I’ve written about him in depth. I think he’s a great fit. I also did a film breakdown of his run blocking, which has been heavily criticized. I agree […]

  3. BBI says:

    Theres a reason why Bennett had such a low catch rate, look at this youtube video and you’ll see why, how often do we see eli visibly upset like that? lol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brJgr82bs9M

    jimmy, i hope you do some film work with pictures if you have the time on myers. but youre very busy so i understand. this is the only video i found on him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMhmtM1dE5o

    1. WTF is that music in the Bennett video?

    2. And yeah, I’ll have more on Myers. He’s going to be the starting TE, so he definitely deserves attention.

      1. Invictus XI says:

        By the way he’s not the real BBI!

    3. Bob says:

      Why does a video about how terrible Martellus Bennett is have so many bad passes by Eli in it?

      1. Bob says:

        And Eli looks like that literally all the time http://www.manningface.com/

  4. Real Talk says:

    What ever happen to Cliff Harris?

  5. nyg_slater says:

    Skeptical about Myers. Guy had a like -20.0 run block pff score. The lowest score given….. Considering the giants demand their TE’s to block first and catch later……..He seems like a slow travis beckum. Or a slow, unathletic, slot reciever, because you get virtually nothing from him as a blocker. That, and I have no faith Gilbride will play him towards his strengths.

    I’d rather we just throw Adrien Robinson out there and see if he flashes. Maybe draft a prospect late round.

    1. nyg_slater says:

      I guess I should clarify, I like Myers–I’m just REALLY skeptical about how he fits on the giants. He’s a smart player and a reliable receiver, all of which you mentioned. However, he’s just so limited as a blocker, its a huge gamble to put him in on rushing plays. But, If we just use him in throwing situations…..I’d worry about gilbride making him locker room furniture ala travis beckum.

    2. I often agree with the work of the guys at PFF, but it isn’t gospel. I haven’t watched him closely, in terms of run blocking, but my sense is that he’s not that bad.

    3. Just watched the 2.5 Q’s of the game where they gave him the lowest run block rating (vs JAX Week 7).

      Only saw one play where the defender had what I would call an emphatic win. I don’t see anything awful there in terms of run blocking. He’s certainly not blowing anybody off the ball, but the effort is good and he generally does a decent enough job keeping his man occupied. If that was his worst run blocking game, there’s no way he’s the worst blocking TE in the NFL. No way.

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