Amid the New York Giants’ tight finish last season, you might not have heard his name that often, but he’s making another attempt to make the 53-man roster this summer.
That player is tight end Chris Myarick.
Myarick hails from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, where he grew up with his parents and two brothers. At 26, he is the second eldest sibling in his family.
In high school, where he attended Cheltenham High from 2011 to 2014, Myarick was a member of the varsity football team for three years, playing both tight end and defensive end. He recorded 40 receptions and 12 touchdowns over the course of his career and received numerous recognitions, including a Suburban One All-League first-team nomination on both offense and defense.
However, Myarick’s youth sport extended beyond the football field. Off the gridiron, he played basketball for four years and played volleyball during his junior and senior years.
After graduating in 2014, Myarick became involved with Temple, his mother’s alma mater, and became a redshirt freshman on the football team. The following season, he appeared in four games as a redshirt freshman and contributed to the special teams unit.
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In his sophomore season and beyond, Myarick made his first start and began seeing snaps as tight ends in certain situations, including double tight end packages. In 2017, the junior earned a scholarship and became the team’s main tight end for pass catching and inline blocker sets.
Myarick finished his collegiate career with 23 receptions for 229 yards, one touchdown, and 11.3 yards per catch. He also had six tackles on the defensive side from his special teams and received numerous All-Academic honors from the American Athletic Conference.
Myarick didn’t hear his name in the 2019 NFL draft and was forced to sign an uncollected free-agent deal afterward. On May 9, 2019, he was signed by the Dolphins but ended up on their practice team.
On November 13, 2020, the tight end was added to the active roster and appeared in four of Miami’s games from Weeks 10-15.
In September 2021, the Dolphins waived Myarick, and he subsequently signed with the Giants practice team.
Myarick was placed on the active roster in November ahead of the team’s Week 10 Monday night soccer Duel against the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A few weeks later, the Pennsylvania native scored his first career win with a one-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Jones to help the Giants defeat his hometown Eagles 13-7. Myarick received the highest grade of any Giants offensive player week from Pro Football Focus.
Myarick was released by the Giants at the end of their 2022 season and was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals practice roster during the playoffs. He remained there until after the team’s loss in Super Bowl LVI.
what he brings
This might be an overlooked trait, but one aspect Myarick brings to the Giants is his intelligence. Growing up, he was drawn to mathematics and entrepreneurship, which led to him studying Marketing as an undergrad at Temple and Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship as a PhD student.
A player who has racked up academic honors his entire life, Myarick is someone the Giants could count on to quickly learn the new system, teach it to younger teammates in his position circles, and rush into live game situations when needed .
The 6-foot-5, 261-pound tight end is another versatile player the Giants have on their training camp list. The Giants could use him in double tight end formations, lengthen the frontline and use him as an inline blocker, or even test his arsenal as a fullback lead blocker for Saquon Barkley from the backfield.
Myarick can contribute when it comes to receiving, but his stats in the NFL are yet to be impressive. In three seasons, he has just three receptions for 17 yards and one touchdown, all from the Week 12 win over the Eagles.
Outside of these areas, it’s never a bad idea to back up towards Myarick to help out the Special Forces.
When all the attributes on the field aren’t enough, he provides another example of an under-the-radar player looking to prove himself compatible for the NFL level.
On February 22, 2022, the Giants signed Myarick to a reserve/futures contract that would see him receive a base salary of $895,000 with no additional bonuses. None of these funds are guaranteed.
The $895,000 also serves as Myarick’s cap for the 2022 season. If he doesn’t make the Giants roster this year, the team won’t lose cap space to dead-money charges. Instead, they will get back the original $895,000.
The new Giants regime made rebuilding tight end space this offseason one of their primary missions. They quickly cleaned up the house, releasing Evan Engram (freehand left), Kyle Rudolph (Cap victim), and Kaden Smith (physically failed).
Now the front office has brought Myarick back while he has several other tight ends on board, including veterans Jordan Atkins and Ricky Seals-Jones, as well as 2022 draft pick Daniel Bellinger. Seals-Jones and Bellinger are two of the three potential tight ends who will the Giants will carry, while Atkins could end up competing with Myarick to earn some time and a blocker.
Given the variety of places Myarick has played throughout his career, it seems he has a fair chance of earning a deep spot in the roster if he can beat the rest of the competition.