Brandon Myers (TE)

07/16/2013 12:08 pm by in Player Spotlights, Tight Ends

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Brandon Myers was the Oakland Raiders’ leading receiver in 2012. After signing a new contract with the New York Giants, can we expect another big year from the tight end?

A large reason why Myers had such success in 2012 was due in part to Oakland trailing in nearly every game, without any sort of consistent rushing attack to help them out. On top of that, the Raiders’ receiving corps struggled with injuries all season long. But Carson Palmer found one guy to throw the ball to week in and week out, and that was Myers, who finished the season with 79 catches, 806 yards, and 4 touchdowns on his 105 targets.

Now Brandon Myers has Eli Manning as his quarterback. The Giants have had their own issues running the ball the last few seasons, and have also relied on their passing attack to close out their games. Eli has been a 4th quarter king as well in the stat books.

Last year we saw Martellus Bennett tearing it up earlier in the year while Hakeem Nicks once again was dealing with injuries. But Bennett did not finish the year strong, and totaled just 55 catches for 626 yards and 5 touchdowns. He hit these numbers while being targeted 90 times, which isn’t too shabby for a TE. But this is not the norm for Eli Manning.

In 2011, Jake Ballard was targeted just 60 times, finishing with 38 REC, 604 YDS, and 4 TDS. In 2009 and 2010, Kevin Boss was targeted 69 times each year, while never breaking 600 receiving yards either season.

All in all, the last four seasons for the Giants’ starting TEs, they have averaged 42 REC, 582 YDS, and 5 TDS. Brandon Myers has better athletic ability than Bennett, Ballard, or Boss, but there isn’t that “Romo to Witten” combination in New York. Eli prefers tossing the football to Nicks, Cruz, and even his RBs. A lot of us became big Brandon Myers fans last season, but we need to temper our expectations with his move to New York. And what we will most likely see is another 40 catch, 500+ yard, 4-5 TD output from the newest Giants’ TE, which is not that impressive.

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