On the broadcast of last Sunday’s Giants-Redskins game, there is a slow motion shot of Giants tight end Brandon Myers in full extension, hurling his body at Washington linebacker London Fletcher. The block helps lay the groundwork for the team’s longest run of the night, a 27-yard romp by Peyton Hillis that leads to the team’s first score. Myers had to pull from the left side of the backfield all the way to the right to make the chip. When informed of his poster-worthy moment, Myers smiled. “The positive,” he said. For a tight end pegged for his lack of blocking, and remembered (as a Giant, anyway) for the balls he has not caught during a difficult 2013 season, the positive is hard to come by. Myers is often reminded about the things he has not done. Including, but not limited to, the fingertip catch against the Bears in Week 6 that could have set up a game-winning touchdown – a questionably high pass he took the blame for. “I was waiting for someone to bring the Chicago game up,” he said, laughing. “It’s weekly.” But over the last two weeks, Myers has seen more of the positive he seeks. In games against Dallas and Washington, he has eight catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. In his previous five games before that, he had eight for 89 and no scores. Pro Football Focus, an analytical site known for hounding Myers over his blocking, has provided some gentler – even positive – grades for the tight end in pass protection and run blocking. Saying it was something that simply clicked for the tight end would be too simple, though. Heading into Sunday’s game against the 5-7 Chargers, Myers (who did not practice yesterday with a groin injury but is expected to practice today and play this weekend) is hoping to keep his good fortune going. “No, a lot of things go into it,” Myers said. “It’s not just as easy as pitch and catch. Either we’re in blocking for a certain defense or you get jammed at the line, certain things happen. The last few weeks we’ve connected and we’ve made a few first downs and a couple touchdowns. You just kind of hope to build off that.” Part of the issue, according to offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, was that Myers led the team in receptions in the season-opener against Dallas – the same game where the team reeled off three 100-yard wide receivers.
Giants TE Brandon Myers hoping to improve on the positive
Newark Star-Ledger | Dec 6