Sam SpiegelmanIn a “Fact or Fiction” article posted on the Giants official website, the writers agree free-agent tight end Brandon Myers will have the greatest impact of all the new members of the team.
Myers, who signed on with New York to replace Martellus Bennett, led Oakland in receiving last season.
Here’s what the writers had to say about Eli Manning’s newest target at tight end:
MICHAEL EISEN: With an asterisk. If he catches 79 passes, as he did last season in Oakland, he’ll have a huge impact with the Giants.
JOHN SCHMEELK: I think Brandon Myers will prove to be a huge weapon for Eli Manning, and I predict he will resign a long term contract and play for the Giants for a long time. He has a great feel for routes, and has great hands. Dan Connor will come in as a close second as a run stopping middle linebacker.
DAN SALOMONE: In the early going – and it is early – it appears Myers and linebacker Dan Connor will have the biggest and most immediate impact with their new team in East Rutherford. But I’ll say Myers because of what he did last season and there is more competition for Connor at his position.
Other offensive players eligible for this honor includes free-agent signees Louis Murphy and rookies Ryan Nassib, Justin Pugh and Michael Cox. Defensively, players include Aaron Curry, Dan Connor, Ryan Mundy, Damontre Moore, Cullen Jenkins and Johnathan Hankins.
It’s hard to see any other offensive player have a greater impact than Myers, who will start Week 1 and — should he be as involved as Bennett was in 2012 — will be a critical part of the offense’s success.
Defensively, Connor immediately steps into a crucial role, which increases the chances he has a major effect. However, linebackers are not as vital to the defensive success in Perry Fewell’s scheme. Should rookies Moore or Hankins get the start, they could be thrust into major roles — though that likely won’t happen until later in the season. With Curry’s role unknown and Mundy in a backup role, it’s hard to see them have as much as major impact.
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