In this year’s draft, the New York Giants have the opportunity to form a dynamic tight end duo by drafting Thaddeus Moss and pairing him with incumbent Evan Engram.
The New York Giants and their faithful fans had high hopes for Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram. To some degree they still do, but he hasn’t been the impact player Big Blue thought they were getting with 23rd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Engram has appeared in 34 of 48 possible games for the G-Men. Not to mention he’s only started in 25 of those 34 games. His stats aren’t the problem. It’s his health. The Powder Springs, Georgia, native was limited to eight games last season after he was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.
Per Football-Reference.com, over No. 88’s three-year New York Giants career, he has 153 receptions on 247 targets with 12 touchdowns and 1,776 yards. That’s good enough for 11.5 yards per reception. In layman’s terms, he’s been highly efficient.
However, new coaching could prove to be a difference-maker for the fourth-year tight end.
Big Blue GM Dave Gettleman handed head coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula, their pink slips. The organization then hired Joe Judge to lead the Giants. Additionally, they tabbed former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett as the offensive coordinator.
Garrett, who served as a backup quarterback for the G-Men from 2000-2003, was accustomed to the TE position being a focal point of his offense. He had future Hall-of-Famer Jason Witten holding down the job in Dallas for all those years. Could Engram find more targets from sophomore QB Daniel Jones?
I think so. But they should run a two-tight end set next season. Rhett Ellison would have been nice in that role, but he hung up his cleats recently. Kaden Smith, the 6-5 Stanford product, was solid in a backup role for the G-Men but could he really develop into a focal piece of the offense? He’s only 22-years-old and could benefit from Garrett but I think they need a champion.
I’m talking LSU National Champion: Thaddeus Moss. Moss, the son of Hall of Famer wide receiver Randy Moss, was a top target of potential No. 1 overall pick, Joe Burrow during the Tigers National Championship season.
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The 6-3 North Carolina native caught 47 passes for 570 yards along with four touchdowns. Two of those TD’s came in the National Championship game against Clemson, proving this kid shows up on the big stage. I don’t think he will wilt under the bright lights of New York City.
Per his draft profile on NFL.com, his 5.83 prospect grade profiles him as a backup/ special teamer. Combines, analysis and scouting only go so far and if that truly is his ceiling, which I doubt, Joe Judge is considered a special teams guru, since he served as special teams coach in New England.
Moss averaged 12.1 yards per catch in college. If his playmaking ability is anything like Engram’s, the Giants could get an added weapon to their offense. I think he’s a third-round talent.
If he falls past the third-round in the NFL Draft, Gettleman needs to hop on the phone and take him if he’s available in the fourth.
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