When the New York Giants lost tight end Martellus Bennett in free agency, Jerry Reese didn't panic that he lost a key part of the offense to the Chicago Bears. Instead, he looked to the free agent and plucked away one of the best targets from the Oakland Raiders.
In what some have called one of the Giants best moves of the off-season, they signed Brandon Myers to a four-year, $14.25 million deal and will be the new starting tight end for the team in 2013. With the Raiders in 2012, Myers had 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns playing in an unproductive Raiders offense. Now playing in a high-octane Giants offense that will score a lot of points, Myers should see plenty of passes his way from Eli Manning.
On Wednesday, Giants.com caught up with current tight end coach Mike Pope and they discussed what Myers has brought to the Giants, along with backup tight end, Adrien Robinson and the progress he has made since his rookie season of a year ago.
Tell us about Brandon Myers and what he has brought to the Giants offense.
"He's replacing a player who was here for one year in Martellus Bennett we looked at the free agent market who could get us production in the passing game. He had 79 catches in that offense and felt he was the best player to fill that void. Our biggest concern was him learning our offense, especially since over the last four years, he had four different offenses and coaches in Oakland. We've been trying to get him to forget the stuff in Oakland and learn our schemes and blocking sets. But so far, we really like what we see and glad he's here."
What about Adrien Robinson, who we haven't seen much on the field. How has he progressed since being drafted.
"Adrien was in that group who didn't know much about working with a tackle or handling double teams, so it has taken some time to learn and develop. His speed and athletic kills hasn't developed like he hoped and he was thinking through every single play, which was slowing him down. Now he's developing confidence and these last few weeks have been some of the best in his Giants career, but he's still developing."
Robinson was drafted by the Giants back in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Cincinnati, just a month after the team signed Bennett to be the starting tight end. After being picked by Reese, he was referred to as the "JPP of tight ends," but the 24-year-old has not seen much of the field, as he only played in two games and has yet to record a catch in the NFL.
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