During the first couple weeks of OTAs, the New York Giants have tested Evan Engram's talent and athleticism by lining him up at multiple positions including his original spot tight end, in the slot, out wide, and H-back.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has also given Engram first-team snaps, allowing him to catch passes from fellow Ole Miss alum Eli Manning.
During his four years at Ole Miss, the 6’3, 234-pound tight end collected 2,320 yards on 162 catches and 15 touchdowns, earning him First Team All-American and two First-team All-SEC honors. Engram also has incredible speed, running a 4.42 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Based on Engram’s progress this offseason, he will have an integral role in the offense next season. The Giants haven’t had a star tight end in years; however, Engram has the potential to turn that around.
Engram will have to compete with star receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Brandon Marshall for throws from Manning, but his presence during red-zone situations will confuse defenses and give head coach Ben McAdoo a new tool in the tool box.
The young tight end has shown new-found chemistry with Eli Manning, which will be an integral factor in his success this upcoming season. With the additions of Brandon Marshall and Rhett Ellison, their will be less of a need for his blocking, which is sub-par at best. Marshall will draw attention from safeties leaving the seam route exposed for Engram to show his true colors.
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Ultimately, we have high expectations for the first-round pick, and he is on the right track to exceeding those expectations,