NY Giants tight end Evan Engram is playing well in limited snaps. Which sets him up for a potential offseason trade.
(and it happened)
It didn’t matter that Apple was a first-round pick (or Ereck Flowers, for that matter), Giants general manager Dave Gettleman clearly has no problem trying to cleanse the roster of Jerry Reese’s former pieces.
And I think tight end Evan Engram is next.
Engram doesn’t fit the traditional mold of a tight end due to his size and sub-par blocking skills.
Which goes against the “hog molly” old-school style of football that (I’m sure) he’d like to have.
Over the past few weeks, Engram has seen his role reduced.
He played 36 snaps (61%) last Monday vs the 49ers and just 17 snaps (32%) on Sunday vs the Buccaneers.
(reference: Engram hadn’t played less than 81% of snaps this season before these last two weeks, according to Dan Duggan of The Athletic)
But in limited action, he’s posted Pro Football Focus grades of 91.9 and 73.8 which were good for the highest and second-highest offensive grades on the team.
His athletic ability (the reason he was a first-round pick) is obvious and something you could understand a team being interested in when it comes to making a trade.
With a few wins over the last two weeks, the Giants are beginning to push themselves out of (natural) contention for Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert in the draft.
But if the Giants happen to be picking closer to the 10th pick rather than the 1st pick, all of a sudden, Engram could be an interesting trade chip that saves them some draft capital if they feel the need to move up via trade in the draft order.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan believed at the trade deadline that they could’ve received a first-round pick in return for Engram who still has three years remaining on his contract (including a fifth-year option).
So, he definitely has legitimate value on the open market.
He’s missed 3 1/2 games due to a knee injury this season, resulting in just 23 receptions.
As a rookie, he impressed by hauling in 64 passes and six touchdowns.