Giants officially sign former Raiders TE Brandon Myers
Brandon Myers visited the New York Giants’ facility as a free agent tight end on Saturday, and the team was so impressed that they offered him a contract on the spot.
"I'm definitely excited,” Brandon Myers said in a statement released by the team’s website. “When you join an organization like the Giants, it's a great opportunity and I'm excited to be here and to get started.”
The 27-year-old Brandon Myers played his entire career with Oakland Raiders, after being selected in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. The former University of Iowa product combined 111 receptions for 1,056 yards and four touchdowns in 56 career games, over the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. However, Brandon Myers had the best season of his career in 2012, posting career-highs with 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns, while starting all 16-games for the Oakland Raiders. Brandon Myers’ 79 receptions led all AFC tight ends and tied seventh overall in the conference with Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson.
"I was given an opportunity to play last season. The first three years there was always a guy ahead of me. That's the way it is sometimes,” Brandon Myers said of his starting opportunity with the Oakland Raiders. “Last year, I was given an opportunity to make some plays and I did that.”
The New York Giants are expected to give Brandon Myers plenty of opportunities to make more plays after losing last season’s starting tight end Martellus Bennett to the Chicago Bears four days ago.
"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," said Brandon Myers. "I had a pretty good feeling this was going to work out. I'm excited and I'm ready to get to work."
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Brandon Myers had been reportedly viewed as the New York Giants’ top pick to replace Martellus Bennett. Now Brandon Myers is excited to work under New York Giants’ veteran tight ends coach Mike Pope to catch up with the defensive line.
"I've heard from numerous people in the Giants organization and players around the league about coach,” said Brandon Myers, “and I'm definitely excited for this opportunity and we'll run with it.”
The New York Giants also signed former Dallas Cowboys Dan Connor and ex-Oakland Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy.