Not much has gone well for the New York Giants in 2017. Currently sitting at 2-10, having lost Odell Beckham Jr. to injury, firing both General Manager Jerry Reese and Head Coach Ben McAdoo and having benched Eli Manning, it’s been a forgetful season to say the least.
But not necessarily unfruitful all together. 2017 has brought along the emergence of Mississippi product Evan Engram: who is proving to be a quick study at the NFL level. With 51 catches for nearly 600 yards and 6 touchdowns through 12 games this season, Engram has been the lone bright spot on the team offensively.
Here is a look back at how well he’s transitioned from the college level.
Much of what can be read here from Engram’s film assessment rings true in the NFL. Engram is a scrappy blocker who can bring some value getting his hands on defenders, but his absolute impact is in space as a receiver.
Engram’s run after catch ability and contested catch skills have shone bright in New York, especially considering the erratic play of the QBs this season. There have been a handful of drops, just as there were in college as well, but Engram has done well in his role this season as a volume target.
The Giants’ new front office will be thrilled to take inventory on the current roster and appraise the value of a young, dynamic mismatch who can eat up man coverage against nearly all comers in the middle of the field.
Perhaps Engram’s best game to date came this past weekend, with 7 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. Look for Engram to continue to produce high numbers through the final four weeks of the season. He’s statistically having a better season than any of his contemporaries, but it will be fun to watch him wrestle with OJ Howard and David Njoku for years to come for the title of “Best TE from 2017”.