TE Brandon Myers signed a multi-year deal with the Giants this offseason after having a breakout campaign with the Oakland Raiders in 2012. Myers, a fifth-year player out of Iowa, grabbed 79 passes last year - the fourth highest among NFL tight ends.
He met the Giants' beat pool for the first time today at TPC, admitting that it was finally good to put some faces to names in East Rutherford.
"It’s been great getting to know some of the guys and some of the people around the facility. It’s been good," he said. When asked what he liked about the Giants and why he chose them over other clubs that sought his services, Myers was direct:
"Just the way that they use the tight ends. They have been very successful with that position the last few years and having an established quarterback and an organization that expects to win and that wins a lot of ball games. That was definitely a major point in coming."
Myers also said getting an opportunity to play for a winning team with a shot at playing the Super Bowl in it's own stadium was also a factor:
"I came here to win some football games and to make the playoffs. I’ve never been in the playoffs. That excites me to be around guys who expect to win and fans that expect to win. So I’m excited."
Former Giant TE Kevin Boss was a teammate of Myers in Oakland and served as a mentor of sorts, steered Myers towards the Giants:
"Kevin was a great guy, great teammate and a good friend in Oakland. He had nothing but good things to say about the organization, the guys on the team, the coaches and he still helps me if I have a question about where to live or something like that. He’s still right there helping me. He’s been great and him and his wife have helped my fiancé and I out a lot, so I’m very thankful for that."
Myers has work to do to blend in with the rest of the offense. He is looking forward to the task.
"It’s only been four days," Myers said when asked about his interaction with QB Eli Manning and the other receivers thus far. "But we’ve all thrown the ball a little bit and have been trying to get to know each other and run some routes."