Evan Engram hasn’t had a great season for the New York Giants, but the tight end will have a chance to get back into form while returning from injury in Sunday’s game with the Washington Redskins. Engram returned to practice this week and on both Thursday and Friday, he was participating at full speed. Engram himself confirmed that he’s healthy, as did head coach Pat Shurmur.
“Yeah, I’m ready to ride. Had a good week,” Engram said. However, there’s no guarantee that Engram comes back to a major role. For whatever reason, the 2017 first round draft pick is one of the players that has fallen out of favor under head coach Pat Shurmur, who has preferred Rhett Ellison and hasn’t used Engram as the team’s main option at tight end for weeks even before he was injured.
Part of that is Engram’s reputation as a player with poor hands, and overall lower statistics this season. It’s doubtful that Engram will match his six touchdowns from last season, and right now, he only has 257 receiving yards and will end up falling short of last year’s 722. Additionally, Engram only has a pair of touchdowns with four games left in the season, but it’s hard to blame that on the player rather than the game plan.
“We’ll try to use the tight ends like we always do. Use all three of them and try to maximize the use of their strengths,” said Pat Shurmur, this week. Whether or not Engram specifically will be used to his strengths remains to be seen, because so far this season, he hasn’t been by the new regime, which seems to prefer blocking tight ends over more hybrid style players such as Engram.
With the Washington game marking Engram’s return, Engram will have only missed one game with the hamstring injury that was picked up in the loss against the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks back.
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