The New York Giants return to East Rutherford on Monday for their final series of organized team activities before summer break and all eyes will undoubtedly be on tight end Evan Engram.
Engram, who is poised to take on a substantially larger role offensively following the trade of superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., missed the team’s mandatory minicamp last week with an undisclosed injury.
While Engram has not divulged the nature of his injury, he has insisted it’s not a holdover from an injury-riddled 2018 campaign. He has also made it abundantly clear it was not his choice to miss minicamp.
“I’m good. I’m just being smart,” Engram said, via NJ Advance Media. “I don’t really need anything crazy right now. I’m still just trying to be healthy for the summer and be ready for camp.
“Just the Giants being a little pre-cautious. Since Day One, anything, they are going to be smart with, especially in the offseason. . . not my choice.”
Engram wouldn’t commit to participating in the final series of OTAs, but was absolutely certain he’d be ready to go for training camp on July 24.
“One hundred percent,” Engram said when asked about his level of confidence.
Given the relatively limited firepower on offense, the Giants can not afford to be without Engram for an extended period of time. He will play an important role alongside Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Saquon Barkley, and provide a security blanket of sorts for quarterback Eli Manning in 2019.