Myers moves on from Chicago mistake

October, 18, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants had a few extra days off following their 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears two Thursdays ago.

For tight end Brandon Myers, that meant a few extra days to stew over the play he didn't make.

Yes, Eli Manning's throw was high, but Myers could have come down with the ball. Instead it went through his hands and into those of Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, ending the Giants' fourth-quarter comeback bid.

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Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY SportsGiants TE Brandon Myers is looking for redemption after failing to make this critical catch against the Bears.
Myers admitted Friday that the play bothered him for a while. "Because it was a chance to change the game," Myers said. "When the quarterback throws you the ball, you expect to make the play, and it didn't happen. It is what it is, and you just kinda have to move on and be ready for the next time."

The Giants' offense has underperformed across the board this season. The team is 30th in rushing yards per game (67.8), and 30th in points per game (17.2). They're eighth in passing yards per game (272.2), but Manning has a league-leading 15 interceptions, and Hakeem Nicks has yet to score a touchdown.

But another big disappointment has been Myers, who had 79 catches for 806 yards last year for the Oakland Raiders -- the fourth-most receptions by a tight end in the league.

In six games with the Giants, Myers has 18 catches for 208 yards and one touchdown -- on pace for just 48 catches and 554 yards.

When asked to evaluate the team's tight end play this season on Friday, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride began by saying, "I thought Brandon did a nice job blocking for us."

That's not a good sign, considering Myers was brought in to catch passes, not block -- his blocking was considered a weakness.

"Like all of us at all positions, we haven’t been as productive as we’d like to be," Gilbride continued. "But it’s not just one position, it’s all of us."

Expecting Myers to catch 79 passes in his first season with the Giants would have been unfair. But he hasn't proven to be the weapon in the passing game the Giants had hoped he would be.

Martellus Bennett, who the Giants elected not to re-sign after last year, has 31 catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns for the Chicago Bears -- the fifth-most receptions by a tight end, and sixth-most yards.

Myers is 21st in receptions by a tight end, and 18th in yards.

"It's a totally different situation, I'm not worried about that at all," Myers said, when asked about living up to last year's statistics. "That's never really been the way I go about things. I just wanna win some games and be competitive."

For what it's worth, it has only been six games. Myers said he's still adjusting to the new offense, and thinks the chemistry between him and Manning is developing.

The Giants' next opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, have the fourth-worst pass defense in the NFL, and Bennett had seven catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns against them. Perhaps this is the week Myers finally breaks through?

The most hopeful thing Myers said Friday was about his new team as a whole. He's been on bad teams before -- the Raiders were 4-12 last year, and missed the playoffs in each of his four seasons with them.

"The guys in this locker room are sticking together, which is good, because I've seen it go the other way," Myers said. "Guys on this team are still fighting, and that's all you can do right now."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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