Evan Engram is healthy and ready to roll for the 2020 NFL season. The dynamic, yet often injured, Engram spoke to reporters on Monday and emphasized how he “feels great” on the field with his teammates.
Engram wouldn’t delve too far into specifics with reporters; when asked if he was limited or “full go” on the practice field, Engram promptly responded with this:
“We’re not allowed to get into the details, that’s a Coach Judge rule. I’m out there with my teammates, I’m running around doing good, trying to get better each and every day.”
This is a very Belichickian type of response reminiscent of Joe Judge’s time with New England. Nevertheless, Engram stressed how hard he rehabbed, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Engram is coming off an eight-game season where he had 44 receptions for 467 yards and three touchdowns, but the Giants still picked up his fifth year option. When asked if he thinks he’s in a “make or break type” of year, Engram responded in a mature manner that’s indicative of Judge’s short time in New York.
“I’m not really too worried about that right now. We have a lot on our plate with the offense and all the different things around training camp. All that stuff will take care of itself,” Engram said. “Right now, my focus is I am coming in each and every day finding ways to get better. Fixing mistakes and trying to get ready for the season.”
Engram stressed the mantra of “get better,” which is an excellent catch phrase. He mentioned the importance of the details with Jason Garrett’s offense and how honing in, and ironing out, said details could be the key to overcoming potential continuity issues in the truncated off-season.
He even called learning Garrett’s new system “motivating.” This is Engram’s third NFL system in four years, and given the success of tight ends (specifically Jason Witten) in Garrett’s system, one could suspect that Engram may be enticed by his utilization in the new offense, although he did not want to compare offenses.
Engram also expressed excitement for the ability to work with Coach Garrett and new tight ends’ coach Freddie Kitchens. Asked how he could best be utilized by the new staff, Engram said:
“Just being myself, using my speed, being physical. Being a durable player, being available. Coming in each and every day and improving on things that need improvement. I think that’s the best way to improve, that’s the best way to help your team.”
Durability is the concern, but it seems like Engram is healed from his Lisfranc partial tear that required surgery in December. He’s running around on the field and in good spirits. Hopefully, the Engram breakout year that Giants’ fans and fantasy football players have been waiting for is about to commence.
I’m still a big believer in his skill-set, and maybe adding someone like Levine Toilolo will limit Engram from the wear and tear of blocking consistently, albeit it is important that the Giants don’t establish an easily recognizable trend. It seems Engram is primed and ready for the challenge of a new offense. And as long as his health permits, I think he’s in for a big season.