Chris Myrick as Philly. The Giants tight end was born in Elkins Park and attended Cheltenham High School before moving seven miles south to attend Temple University in North Philadelphia. So of course his first career NFL catch was a decisive touchdown for the Giants against their hated division rivals, leading 10-0 in a 13-7 victory that had a real impact on the edge of the NFC playoff race.
“Crazy game. Crazy first regular season catch for me,” Myrick said on Sunday. “It was just crazy for me personally — signing up at the end, and it’s the first touchdown of the game and it was coming to me . It was kind of a crazy experience.”
Myrick is right, because it’s not just crazy that a Philly native caught his first career NFL pass for a touchdown in a giant moment. That’s how he ended up on the field, and how he caught it – or didn’t.
Backup tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Caden Smith were out with injuries, so Myrick was dropped from the practice squad for the second straight week. Made out of Temple in 2019, Myrick appeared in three games with the Dolphins over the past two years before being involved this fall.
“I would say it was pretty much the same for me as any other week,” understood Myrick said after the win. “I always try to prepare like I’m playing, prepare like I’m starting out, even when I was on the practice team. Not much of that changed. Obviously, a little more reps here and there, But that was too much.”
The catch itself was amazing. A one-yard pass from Daniel Jones late in the third quarter bounced off his stomach and slipped down his leg, before Myrick used his knees to squeeze the ball and then landed a hand under it. Or at least that’s what replay officials concluded, because it was difficult to tell whether the ball hit the ground.
In a statement, the NFL said that Myrick “bounces the ball, but moves his left hand down before the ball touches the ground,” and so it was a touchdown.
When asked on Sunday, he said that the ball did not hit the ground, “It wasn’t the cleanest catch,” he said, “but it still counts. I’ll take it.”
Giants will take it too. The firing of Jason Garrett resulted in more emphasis being placed on playwrights such as Kenny Golladay and Saxon Barkley, but for the second straight game, Jones’ only touchdown went to an extremely unlikely source. (Tackle Andrew Thomas caught by the Books in a blowout loss.)
But Myrick’s teammates were thrilled for him, telling him to go ahead and celebrate and they would worry about tracking the ball later. “I held it before and they wanted me to raise it,” he said. “Went to Sacon and got it for me. I applaud them for that.”
The people in her life who might not appreciate her very much right now? Eagles fans including your friends and family. He lost his Eagles fantasy once he got close to pro ball, saying that “once you get to college … you root for people you know in the league.” But that doesn’t apply to everyone he knows, obviously. “They may be a little mad at me,” he said of the countless Eagles fans in his life, “but it’s all good. I’ll make my win.”