John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants opening night offense will feature Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle at WR and Victor Cruz in the slot, the trio the front office hopes will create all kinds of mismatches for opposing defenses.
But the Giants’ offense is much more complex than the vertical passing game. They have an explosive RB in David Wilson who promises to make statues out of potential tacklers and stretch defenses even further.
What’s getting lost early on here is the addition of Brandon Myers, a TE who is coming off a 79-catch campaign in Oakland. He has the opportunity to be either the beneficiary or the benefactor of a very productive offense this season by filling in the open zones and giving the Giants a s sure pair of hands in the short passing game and in the red zone. He, not Hakeem Nicks (as Antrel Rolle pointed out this week), can be the Giants’ “silent killer.”
Defenses will have to overcompensate in their attempts to blanket the wideouts and bottle up Wilson. That leaves little attention to be paid to Myers, who can bleed those defenses to death if not accounted for. And he knows it.
“I’m with a great organization, a proven team with a proven quarterback (Eli Manning), in an offense that if you’re a tight end and you can get open, you’ll get a lot of opportunities to catch the ball,” Myers told Dave Hutchinson of the Star Ledger.
Myers’ former teammate in Oakland, former Giant TE Kevin Boss, played an influential role in Myers choosing the Giants in free agency this spring.
“Kevin was a great guy, great teammate and a good friend in Oakland,” Myers said in his initial presser with the Giants in April. “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.”
The Giants may be thanking Boss, too, if Myers turns out to be as productive with them as he was with the Raiders. Myers could easily surpass the departed Martellus Bennett’s numbers from last season (55 rec, 626 yards and 5 TDs) by contenting to gain Eli’s trust, something Bennett failed to do in the second half of last season.
If Myers duplicates his 2012 numbers (79 rec, 806 yards and 4 TDs) he would break Jeremy Shockey’s team record for receptions by a TE. Shockey had 74 catches in his All-Pro rookie season of 2002.
Mark Bavaro holds the team mark for receiving yards by TE with 1,001 (1986). Aaron Thomas (1967) and Joe Walton (1962) are tied for the franchise record for TDs with 9.