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Giants’ News, 7/9: Michael Thomas, Evan Engram, and more

News and notes from the New York Giants

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Giants’ Michael Thomas has a vision for youth

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle writes that Giants’ safety Michael Thomas is using his football camp to help expand children’s horizons, as well as help them improve their skills on the field.

New York Giants safety and Pro Bowl special-teams ace Michael Thomas believes in the importance of giving back to his community.


Besides teaching football skills at the free camp, Thomas, 29, exposes youth to educational trends and motivational speeches from community leaders to expand their understanding of the world. Thomas also invites college representatives to speak to the campers and awards an annual scholarship.

”We didn’t have anything like this when I was growing up,” Thomas said. “That’s why I always wanted to do a camp like this. This was one of the best turnouts we’ve had at the camp. It was definitely a great experience. If I only talked to the kids about football and how to backpedal and catch and perfect their game and not as students and expand their minds, I would be doing those kids a disservice.

”It’s great for these kids to meet different leaders and colleges and business-minded individuals to come speak to them and chop it up with the kids.”

Raptor’s Thoughts: You normally cringe when your team, or a player on your team, appears in a headline this time of year — generally my belief is that no news is good news once June mini-camp ends. There is also a tendency to focus on bad behavior when it comes to players and it’s refreshing to see players in the news for positive things.

Thomas has been a pillar of the community since he came into the League as a Miami Dolphin, so it isn’t a surprise to see him continue to give back now. We should do more to recognize and appreciate the (many, many) players who use their platform for good.

PFF - Evan Engram is one of the NFL’s best young tight ends

Pro Football Focus believes that Engram’s versatility and efficiency in the redzone and on third down make him one of the league’s best young tight ends.

It’s no secret that Engram enters the 2019 season as Big Blue’s best red-zone threat. The Giants have playmakers in Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, but both are listed at 5-foot-10 and are not the biggest targets on a shortened field. In 2018, Tate posted a 57.1 receiving grade in the red zone, which ranked 56 out of 72 qualifying receivers. Shepard was slightly better (62.0) but still ranked 40th among wide receivers with at least 50 red-zone snaps.

Engram, on the other hand, has been stellar in the red zone. He’s earned an 80.5 receiving grade through his first two seasons in the red zone, which ranks fourth among 43 qualifying tight ends. Only Zach Ertz, Trey Burton and Jack Doyle have posted better red-zone receiving grades at the position since 2017.

The Giants are certainly hoping that Engram continues to develop into a premier offensive weapon.

CBS Sports ranks him as the eighth (8th) best tight end in the NFL.

Engram backslid a bit during his sophomore season amid injuries that limited him to 11 of 16 games. He should take on a larger role in the offense this year, though, after the offseason trade of Odell Beckham Jr. Engram is purely a receiving threat as a tight end, and with 109 catches and nine scores through his first two seasons he has been a productive one. Whether or not he takes the next step will largely depend on whether Eli Manning can rediscover arm talent that is above replacement level, and then whether Engram can develop chemistry with heir apparent quarterback Daniel Jones.

State Of The Giants -

The Giants are a franchise on the cusp of a new era, and right now they have more questions than answers.

Adam Rank writes:

The Giants are in an interesting spot. With trading away players like OBJ, Harrison, Apple, Vernon, and letting Collins walk, you would assume this is a team in the middle of a rebuild. But then you have one of the oldest quarterbacks in the NFL as your QB1. At some point, the Giants need to decide what they are before they can truly move forward.

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