The New York Giants are coming into this season with high expectations. I do not mean super bowl expectations or even playoff expectations. But they did just hire Joe Judge who comes from the coaching trees of Nick Saban and Bill Belichick. The Giants are expected to make a leap into a better version of what they were last year.
Coming off a 4-12 2019 season, the Giants are in the heart of a rebuild with plenty of youthful talent to build upon and around. In the last two drafts, they have selected two cornerstone pieces of this valuable franchise: HB Saquon Barkley and QB Daniel Jones. With the 6th pick in the 2018 draft, the Giants surprised a lot of people when taking the Duke quarterback. But in his rookie season he proved his worth by showing glimpses of his potential. Another instrumental piece in this rebuild is the 1st round draft pick from 2017, TE Evan Engram.
With the 23rd pick in the 2017 draft, the New York Giants selected Ole Miss tight end, Evan Engram. Engram was not the typical tight end. He did not present a big frame or great blocking ability. Rather, he presented what the Giants thought to be a mismatch for many defenses. Typically, offenses expect their tight ends to line up against linebackers and in some occasions, safeties or nickel cornerbacks. Engram was impressive at the combine, running a 4.42 forty time; very remarkable for a tight end.
Engram has not worked out as the Giants had hoped primarily due to the fact that he cannot remain healthy for a full season. Since entering the league in 2017, Engram’s injury history has piled up:
– Rib Bruise
– Grade 2 MCL Sprain
– Hamstring Sprain
– Grade 1 MCL
– Pedal Foot Sprain
Every time Engram shows glimpses of potential, it is followed up by an injury. To his credit, he does battle through his injuries and has improved his run blocking, but the inconsistent amount of time on the field has hurt his progression. In his short NFL career, Evan Engram has put up the following numbers:
153 REC, 1,766 YDs, 12 TDs
This is the year many believe Engram will break through and so far, he’s off to a good start impressing his new head coach. Here is what Coach Judge had to say about his tight end:
“I’ll tell you what, the way he works every day and the attention to detail he’s shown
with everything he gets coached on, to me, it’s always a question of can this guy reach his potential based on the way he’s working. I think this guy can.”
Rumors floating around Giants camp are that Engram has been developing great chemistry with second year quarterback, Daniel Jones, and that the two have been looking sharp in 7 on 7 drills.
Not too many people question whether or not Engram is talented or if he is a hard worker. What they worry about is his injury history and if he has the capability of remaining healthy for a full season. This might be the year Engram turns heads with his health and his catching ability. If he does so, this Giants offense will reach a whole other level of dangerous due to the mismatch that he presents to nearly every linebacker in the league.