Myers agreed to sign with the Giants after a visit today, a person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed.
Myers replaces Martellus Bennett, who left for the Bears on the first day of free agency. The 27-year-old had 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns last season with the Raiders. The Giants liked Myers (6-foot-3, 256 pounds) so much, they didn't let him end his visit without agreeing to a deal.
The Giants sounded like they might move forward at tight end with former fourth-round pick Adrien Robinson or a draft pick, but Myers is an intriguing addition to work with quarterback Eli Manning and veteran tight ends coach Mike Pope.
Add Myers to the long list of semi-reliable TEs that will be available in the middle or late rounds. He was 9th in standard formats (6th in PPR) in 2012 and is heading to a good situation in New York. In the last five seasons, the top Giants tight end has averaged 2.7-36-.33, which isn't bad considering that we're talking about Kevin Boss (2008-2010), Jake Ballard (2011) and Martellus Bennett (2012). That works out to 5.6 fantasy PPG, which would have equated to #14 TE numbers in 2012. Myers is a better receiver than any of those players and his weakness (only 4 TD catches in 2012) should be offset by Eli Manning's propensity to throw to his tight end in the redzone. Giants TEs have averaged 5.0 TDs per season, so Myers should be able to build on that given his skill set. He looks like an upside TE2 in standard formats and a low-end TE1 in PPR formats.
The Patriots released Lloyd on Saturday after only one season with the team, a club source told NFL.com's Albert Breer. The team later confirmed Lloyd's release.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that it's possible Lloyd will return at a lesser salary. Lloyd was due a $3 million roster bonus after a season in which Lloyd caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns, but it was clear he wasn't going to get that bonus.
Lloyd didn't provide the vertical threat that the Patriots were hoping for, and there were reports that his erratic behavior was not a great fit in the locker room. His potential future in New England could depend on what else the Patriots get accomplished in free agency.
Three days after the Daily News reported that the Jets were targeting Mike Goodson to replace Shonn Greene, Rex Ryan's team signed the free agent running back on Friday. Goodson, who played last season with the Raiders, signed a three-year, $6.9 million deal, according to a source.
It appears that Goodson will compete with Bilal Powell for the RB1 job, though the duo could very well split the workload. Goodson has a career 4.5 YPC, but has averaged nearly 4.9 YPC in the last three seasons. He has proven to be adept in the passing game, catching 40 passes for the Panthers in 2010. At just 26 years old, he's in his prime. Consider him a RB sleeper until the Jets' depth chart shakes out.
Heyward-Bey had a down 2012 thanks to injury but was very solid in 2011, catching 64 passes for 975 yards and four TDs.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 2:01pm
This is a solid class of free agents in free agency, so it will be intriguing to see what TE Brandon Myers can fetch on the open market. He is one of Oakland’s priority free agents and the Raiders will likely try to keep him. Oakland doesn’t have any other proven tight ends and with a roster that is lacking in overall talent and has other needs, keeping Myers may be paramount.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. thinks Myers is a fit for Oakland’s new offense under coordinator Greg Olson, and that Myers simply wasn’t just a beneficiary of Greg Knapp’s West Coast offense.
“Myers certainly understands when to sit it down versus zone coverage and runs sharp enough routes to get open versus man as well,” Williamson said. “Oakland’s receivers have a lot of talent, but are just so erratic and inconsistent with their routes and responsibilities ... which makes Myers alluring for this passing game. Oakland should bring him back if possible.”
Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:14pm
An area Marcel Reece was underutilized last season was as a third down, short yardage back. Greg Knapp miscast Darren McFadden in that role and the offense stalled constantly because of it. That is a role Reece should be playing and new OC Greg Olson intends to use him that way.
"It's nice to know especially from a quarterback standpoint to have somebody who is built like he's built and is also intelligent enough to be that third-down back who understands the blitz packages that other teams are doing and to have tremendous hands coming out of the backfield. I was really pleasantly surprised in that part of the game that he could go in and be a third-down back. Not just a plug-in type guy but not only did he do it but he did it well. I was excited to see that."
This obviously will impact McFadden's involvement in the passing game. We're expecting a better year from DMC due to the Raiders moving back to a power running game, but it sounds as if he won't be used as much on third down.
Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10:33am
"What we've decided to do, as a staff, is see what Darren McFadden is comfortable doing,'' Olson said Wednesday at the team facility. "Let's try and make it more comfortable for Darren, because he's one of our premier players.''
That means emphasizing much more of the power scheme within which McFadden flourished in 2011. It means more north and south running, fewer angles and horizontal attacks. And much less need to read blocks.
We knew Olson would likely ditch the zone blocking scheme that was mostly ineffective in 2011. Provided he can stay healthy, this should lead to a bounce back season for McFadden.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Tony Sparano has been hired as Raiders assistant head coach/offensive line coach. According to the Oakland Tribune, the team has not confirmed the hire.
The Oakland Raiders have a new regime running the show, but they seem to be stuck with the same quarterbacks that the old guard left them.
Carson Palmer is too expensive to release. And the team still wants to give Terrelle Pryor a real shot at winning the quarterback job. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl that Pryor would get a chance to compete for the starting job.
"(Pryor) needs to see if he can take a game over in the preseason, make some plays and carry out a game plan," McKenzie told Alex Marvez and co-host Jim Miller on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "Let him compete. That's what it's all about. If it looks like he can help us win, at the end of the day, that's what it's all about. That's what we want."
No doubt encouraged by the success of young, dual-threat QBs like Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, the Raiders want to see if Pryor can bring the same type of play to the table. This is not good news for Carson Palmer, whose playing time may go the way of the dodo.
Olson is expected to bring a power-run game that should better fit Darren McFadden, who never seemed to find his way in fired Greg Knapp's zone-blocking scheme. That was Knapp's undoing. Olson was an offensive coordinator for six years before his stint in Jacksonville - three in Tampa Bay, two in St. Louis and one in Detroit.
It's good news for McFadden who has proved to be elite when in the right system.
The Bears took a swing for the fences by choosing Marc Trestman to be the 14th head coach in team history, an NFL source told the Tribune early Wednesday.
Trestman is a somewhat unconventional choice, having been out of the NFL for eight years. But he also is a proven winner, having won back-to-back Grey Cup championships as coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. Trestman has a 64-34 record in five years as a head coach.
In addition to having head coaching experience, Trestman is a quarterback guru who has spent most of his professional life coaching passers. Clearly, he is being brought to the Bears to get the most out of Jay Cutler and whoever else lines up under center during his tenure.
Trestman, 57, was Bernie Kosar’s quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami in 1983, when the Hurricanes won the national championship. In the NFL, Kosar, Steve Young, Scott Mitchell, Jake Plummer and Rich Gannon played well under Trestman’s guidance. Gannon won the 2002 Most Valuable Player award while being coached by Trestman on the Raiders.
Clearly an offensive mind, Trestman represents another fresh start for QB Jay Cutler.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 4:04pm
Raiders RB Darren McFadden is due to make $5.6 million in the last year of his contract, and though teams might be interested - and GM Reggie McKenzie might listen - the trade offers probably wouldn't be that big for an oft-injured back coming off his worst season.
And that's fine by HC Dennis Allen.
"I like Darren. I think he's a good running back," Allen said. "He's an explosive player, and I think he can continue to produce in the future."
Syracuse coach Doug Marrone agreed to become the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills, according to a person informed of the discussions between the teams.
He has NFL experience as both a player and a coach. Marrone was drafted in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Raiders, then played a season each with the Miami Dolphins (1987) and the New Orleans Saints (1989).
Marrone began his coaching career in 1992 as tight ends coach at Cortland State, and also coached at the collegiate level at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Northeastern, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Tennessee.
Marrone did a good job while at Syracuse and is well regarded in coaching circles. The Orange's top two running backs, Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley, carried the ball an average of 29.6 times in 13 games last season, so C.J. Spiller figures to see a healthy workload in 2013.
The Raiders were expected to fire offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and other offensive staff members this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and a source informed of the news confirmed to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that Knapp, linebackers coach Johnny Holland and two other unnamed offensive coaches are out.
The Raiders later announced in a release that Knapp, Holland, special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman and offensive line coach Frank Pollack have been relieved of duties.
Knapp preferred a zone scheme in the running game, which collapsed this season. The Raiders finished 28th in the NFL in rushing at just 89 yards per game. They were a top-seven rushing unit over the previous two years. Their supposed star rusher, Darren McFadden, finished with 707 rushing yards and a 3.3 yards-per-carry average.
Assuming the Raiders find an OC who can implement a running game more suited to McFadden's strengths, he should return to RB1 territory again next season.
Monday, December 31, 2012, 1:07pm
Basically, it comes down to this -- Greg Knapp or Darren McFadden.
The Raiders have to make a choice between a beleaguered offensive coordinator whose version of the West Coast Offense and zone-blocking scheme all-but neutered what had ben one of the game's more explosive running attacks and an explosive running back who has a propensity to get injured and yet to play a full 16-game season. Reports have Knapp and other staff members on their way out this week, though coach Dennis Allen would not comment on them Sunday.
Knapp is expected to be fired, so as long as the Raiders hire an OC who plans to run an offense more suited to McFadden's strengths, he should return to RB1 form in 2013. This was a cas of Knapp fixing something that wasn't broken.