Brandon Myers was one of the NFL’s most productive tight ends last season, his catch tally ranking behind only Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham.

Even more impressive? The former Oakland starter, who signed with the Giants last Sunday, played the entire 2012 season with a sprained shoulder.

"Obviously, (I) had to take a few shots, but it wasn’t only about me, it was about trying to help the Raiders win," Myers said in a phone interview this week. "And that’s what I tried to do."

Myers has many attributes that make him a promising free-agent signing: He’s tough, he’s a team player, and he was extremely prolific last season, recording 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns.

And the Giants were a promising destination, too, for the 27-year-old, who hopes to take his game to the next level and also be part of his first winning NFL season, here in New Jersey. His expectation is to be a reliable, every-down starting tight end for the Giants — their fourth in four years — and veteran tight ends coach Mike Pope already has started molding Myers.

Topic No. 1: blocking, which Myers said he and Pope "talked a lot about." Myers admits that part of his game suffered after he sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder in training camp last year, resulting in him managing the injury all season. As he explains, "It’s never fun to go out there and try to block a 300-pound guy with basically one arm."

After rest and rehab in Southern California (no surgery), Myers said he’ll be back to full strength by the time the Giants start their offseason program April 15.

"Obviously, my blocking wasn’t up to par. That’s not an excuse by any means," Myers said. "But we kind of went over some things, (Pope’s) technique that he could teach me to help me out, so I think it will be a good fit."

Pope called Myers the morning of March 15, the first indication he had that the Giants were interested in him to replace Martellus Bennett, who left for the Chicago Bears. That same night, Myers was on a plane to New Jersey, and he met Pope and key members of the Giants organization the next day.