Why Myers Should Go
It certainly wouldn’t be a reach to assume that Myers has never been a major part of the Bucs plans. Look at his targets. Since he arrived in Tampa, he has never been targeted more than 32 times, and that was the first year in town. The numbers have declined ever since, to a mere 14 targets in 2016. That is not exactly a preferred weapon in the passing game.
According to Pro Football Focus, Myers was on the field for a total of 398 offensive snaps. That is barely more than half of the snaps credited to Brate (705). If we are looking at run snaps, Myers was on the field for the least amount of all of the Bucs tight ends (192). That begs some questions. Does Myers practice poorly? Does the coaching staff trust him? Despite some success on the field, he doesn’t come into the game much. There has to be a reason.
The Bucs have been mentioned with names at the tight end position in the upcoming draft as well. O.J. Howard and David Njoku have both been mentioned as possible selections with the 19th pick. Both players are noted as weapons that would pair nicely with Cameron Brate and do a lot to take the heat off of Mike Evans. If the focus is on college tight ends, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say that the focus is off of Brandon Myers.