Ever since signing the four-year, $14.25 million deal with the Giants in the offseason, Myers had yet to live up to the expectations of being a tight end that can regularly produce in the team's offense and deliver the kind of production that the position normally puts out with guys like Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Martellus Bennett all did in the past.
Through his first eight games, Myers had 23 catches for 265 yards with only one touchdown and is being out-performed by the guy who was with the team last year in Bennett, who took more money from the Chicago Bears and is producing, as he has 32 catches for 356 yards and four touchdowns.
Aside from the pass-catching phase of his game, Myers has struggled to be a consistent run-blocker in the Giants rushing attack; something a lot of people have taken great attention to in his short time and it's questioned whether or not he's the right kind of fit for the team long-term. Plus, his blunder late in the game where he let an Eli Manning pass that was intended for him go through his hands and into the arms of a Chicago Bears defender for a game-ending interception really made the fans irate and for a while, regret the signing altogether.
This week in practice, Myers' position coach Mike Pope spoke up for Myers as he told Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York that everyone needs to give Myers a break because they've asked him to do certain things with regards to the game plan of the opponents they have been facing.
"A good bit of that has been the pace of the defenses we've played, we've had to keep (him) in the protection a little bit more," Pope said Tuesday. "The other thing is that our wide receivers have kind of been our nuts and bolts and that's where a good part of our passing game, the reads begin out there."
This past Sunday, Myers had three catches for 42 yards in a 15-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, a slightly better game after being held to just two catches for 15 yards against the Minnesota Vikings and then no catches at all against the Bears two weeks ago. When speaking about the slow progress of Myers in the offense, Pope mentioned how it's his fifth offense since being in college and he's still getting used to playing in the Giants system after the different changes made in Oakland.
"It's taken him some time to learn this offense since he just showed up here," Pope said. "I think we're the fifth offense he's had all the way back to college, because when Carson Palmer went out to Oakland, they kind of adapted what he had done in Cincinnati. It's taken him a little bit of time to unlearn offenses he's been in and we have a lot of option route running in our offense, and that's something that just takes a number of reps. He's been a very solid catcher, he hasn't dropped the ball and the chemistry that has to develop when you have an option-type offense takes a while between the quarterback and that receiver."
Last season with the Raiders, Myers had 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns, which lead to his four-year deal in free agency with the Giants. At Myers current pace for the season, he would have 46 catches for about 530 yards and three touchdowns; a drop in production from what Bennett had last year with the Giants. If Myers doesn't want to find the final three years of his contract voided after just one season in New York, he might want to consider picking up the pace and start finding himself more wide open in the field to go along with finding a way to be a better blocker in the run game as the 2013 season moves along.
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