After the 2015, when the New York Giants were trying to decide what to do about the leadership of the organization at coach and GM, Jerry Reese could stand in front of ownership and say “I drafted Odell Beckham Jr.” Now, with the vultures again circling, Reese can stand in front of John Mara and Steve Tisch and say “Guys. I did draft Evan Engram.”
That’s because Engram, the 23rd overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, is en route to a historically good season for a rookie tight end.
He currently has 34 catches for 412 yards, on pace for 68 catches and 824. That would put him just shy of Jeremy Shockey, who caught 74 passes for 894 yards for the Giants in 2002.
Since Beckham and Brandon Marshall went down, Engram has averaged five catches and 70.6 yards receiving per game. If he continues that pace, Engram would tie Shockey with 74 catches and end up with 967 receiving yards. Engram also has four touchdowns already. Shockey had only two as a rookie, and never more than seven in a season.
Here are two of the best seasons ever by rookie tight ends:
Mike Ditka 1961:
- 1076 Yards
Jeremy Shockey 2002:
So, umm, yeah, Engram is pretty good.