COMMENTARY | New Giants tight end Brandon Myers spent the first four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, a team that in that period went a combined 25-39, with none of those four seasons exceeding the .500 mark.
In that same period, the New York Giants went 36-28, a stretch that also includes a Super Bowl Championship season in 2011, with each season ending at .500 or better.
That winning culture is just one of the many reasons why Myers found the Giants so appealing when he was shopping around for NFL teams.
"I came here to win some football games and to make the playoffs; I've never been in the playoffs," Myers told the media during a press conference at the Timex Performance Center, the team's East Rutherford, N.J. headquarters. "That excites me to be around guys who expect to win and fans that expect to win."
Myers noted that in Oakland, it was "definitely different" as far as the culture in the locker room. "They haven't won in a while and I think once you don't win in a while you kind of lose that mentality."
With the Giants, Myers, who signed a four-year contract that includes three voidable years, said another factor that intrigued him about the Giants was how their offense is structured.
"Just the way that they use the tight ends. They have been very successful with that position the last few years and having an established quarterback, and an organization that expects to win and that wins a lot of ball games. That was definitely a major point in coming."
Indeed when it comes to developing tight ends, the Giants have long had a solid track record thanks to position coach Michael Pope, who has helped several young players such as Mark Bavaro, Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard, and, most recently, Martellus Bennett, take their respective games to the next level.
Speaking of Boss, Myers confirmed that the input from the former Giant, who was also his teammate in Oakland, was also instrumental in his decision to sign with the Giants.
"Kevin was a great guy, great teammate and a good friend in Oakland. 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," Myers said. "He's still right there helping me. (He) and his wife have helped my fiancee and I out a lot, so I'm very thankful for that."
Patricia Traina is a New Jersey-based, accredited sportswriter who has covered the New York Giants for 16 seasons with Inside Football. She is also a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow her on Twitter @Patricia_Traina.
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