The departure of Odell Beckham Jr. will certainly hurt the production from the offense in the coming season, but the positive is that it will help incorporate all of the playmakers more frequently. If we look at Evan Engram’s numbers dating back to the four games Beckham missed in 2018, we see that his yards-per-game jump from 36.7 to 80.
The fact of the matter is, OBJ drew Eli Manning’s attention more than any other receiver. Improving the offensive line will provide Manning with more time to move through his progressions with added efficiently. It will also enable him to spread the ball around to his receivers.
Manning often used Beckham as a safety net in 2018 and utilized his high catch-rate to supplement his lack of time in the pocket. Engram should benefit from having two receivers in Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard that will move around the field and draw extra attention. I anticipate Engram dominating the seam in 2019 and having his best statistical season yet.
Evan Engram improved big time from Year 1 to Year 2 last season pic.twitter.com/Xr2igoDkuj
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 9, 2019
Hopefully, Engram can further develop his blocking skills and make more of an impact in the running game with Saquon Barkley. Adding that element to his game would make him significantly more dangerous, yet there’s little reason to believe he will emerge as an improved blocker. Staying healthy should be the priority, as Engram has already missed time this offseason with a pulled hamstring.
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