A key cog for the Giants is expected to return when New York faces off against the Redskins on Sunday.
All signs point to tight end Evan Engram playing his first game in weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury in late November. The injury forced Engram to miss two straight games for the Giants. Engram battled his way throughout the 2018 campaign, missing five games in his sophomore year. He suffered an MCL sprain during the Giants’ Week 3 matchup against the Texans that kept him out three straight games.
Now, the 24-year-old says it’s important to end his tough year on a high note — not just for himself, but for the team.
“We have a couple more opportunities left, couple more division games, big games, and it’s a couple of opportunities to go out and keep doing what we’ve been doing and that’s been working hard, that’s been playing good football,” Engram said. “Just starting fast, accomplishing the things we want to accomplish and so it’s definitely important to me that I do my job and I have a helping hand in doing all that.”
The 2017 first-rounder has totaled 23 receptions for 257 yards and two touchdowns over seven games this season. Engram said he will do “whatever is asked” on Sunday after feeling healthy with a good week of practice.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he may use Engram as more of a receiver against the Redskins.
“We’ll try to use the tight ends like we always do, use all three of them, try to maximize the use of their strengths,” Shurmur said.