New York Giants: Breakout Season for Evan Engram?
New York Giants fans have heard about Evan Engram’s potential since he was drafted. In the final year of his contract, this is the time for the tight end to show more than just potential.
The New York Giants’ offense boasts a young core of potential stars. Saquon Barkley is already one of the best players in the entire league and top two at his position. Daniel Jones has shown flashes of greatness in his first season.
One of the older guys, yet still relatively young, Evan Engram, is considered crucial to their future plans. However, he is now in his fourth season and we’re still waiting for that potential to turn into consistent production.
There is no more time to wait for Engram’s potential, the Giants picked up the fifth-year option on his contract. This shows the team is willing to give him this last season to prove his worth and value to the team.
The New York Giants have undergone yet another coaching overhaul. Engram is playing in yet another new offense under Jason Garrett. Garrett, who coached Jason Witten, utilizes the tight end position in ways that will keep Engram involved in the offense. He is a great pass catcher and plays more like a wide receiver on the field.
Injuries have consistently been a problem for Engram, entering his fourth season, he has yet to play a full season. In his first season, he was able to play in all but one game, unfortunately, he played in 11 games in 2018 because of knee and hamstring problems and just eight last season due to a foot injury.
Despite that, experts still see him as a serious offensive threat, going as far as saying as long as he can stay on the field he could be a top-five tight end in the league.
This year seems different for Engram. Coaches are impressed with what they have seen from the tight end. Giants’ tight end coach Freddie Kitchens had this to say about Engram’s progress in the offseason,
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He [Engram] did a hell of a job this summer in rehabbing and getting back to where he’s at right now, and just kind of taking it day to day and getting better with his releases, his hand placement, with everything. Every aspect of Evan’s game, we want to try to get better at each and every day. Evan’s done an unbelievable job in staying focused and concentrating on, even more specific to every day, just every rep. He’s done a good job and we’re just going to stay in the moment.
This offseason, NFL tight ends got paid. Seeing Travis Kelce and George Kittle’s massive contracts have to be motivation for Engram to stay healthy. Kelce received a four-year deal worth $57.5 million, while Kittle signed with the 49ers to a five-year deal worth $75 million.
Both are considered the best at the position, but Engram is third in yards after the catch at his position since entering the league (935), behind Kelce and Kittle making him next in line for a big payday.
All that being said, the 2020 season is going to be very important for Evan Engram as he could potentially be in for a big payday at seasons end.