Wed. Sep 30th, 2020

New York Giants confident Evan Engram has improved…

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New York Giants confident Evan Engram has improved...


The New York Giants, like many other NFL teams this preseason, are safeguarding many of their stars from injury by avoiding playing them in games. The Giants have done this with two players in particular — running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram.

Barkley is the team’s meal ticket, so it makes little sense to expose him to injury in the preseason. He will get enough use during the regular season as it is and appears to be in optimum physical and mental condition. There is nothing to gain by suiting him up.

Engram, however, is another story. He has a history of developing nagging injuries that tend to linger. The Giants are allowing him to practice but when game time comes around, he has yet to strap on the pads.

There is still also the question of Engram’s role. He is not your garden variety NFL tight end. He’s more of a glorified beefy wideout with a burst from the slot and a semi H-back formation.

The Giants swear Engram is still earmarked to play as hand-in-the-dirt traditional in-line tight end and is working diligently to improve his blocking.

Perhaps this is a ruse to throw off the rest of the league. They want Engram to be respected as a tight end and not a slot receiver. The Giants are destined to carry four tight ends and really do not need Engram to play tight end. They have three other players (Rhett Ellison, Scott Simonson and C.J. Conrad) who can all play the in-line role.

Still, Engram himself acknowledged an increased focus on blocking improvement, and like Shurmur, he feels it has gone well.

That is not the best use of this player, who has the traits to be an explosive weapon. Getting him tangled up with defensive ends is only going to expose him to more bumps and bruises.


Giants confident Evan Engram has improved his blocking game

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