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With Odell Beckham Jr. out, Giants’ Evan Engram has chance to break out

Whil one key cog is out for the Giants against the Redskins on Sunday, another one is expected to return.

Many were shocked of the news that star WR Odell Beckham Jr. was deemed unable to play tomorrow, as his bruised quad appears to be more serious than he and the team thought. Beckham was a limited practice participant on Friday, and his injury stiffened up Saturday morning.

A source told SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano that Beckham will undergo further testing to make sure it is only a bad bruise that he is dealing with.

In turn, the Giants’ passing game obviously loses its best playmaker. But, with TE Evan Engram expected to return, it may not be the end of the world for Eli Manning and the offense. 

All signs point to tight end Engram playing his first game in two weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury in late November. He has battled his way throughout the 2018 campaign, missing five games total after initially suffering an MCL sprain during the Giants’ Week 3 matchup against the Texans.

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.”

And what better time to rebound than with Beckham out. 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, and after today, he may be looking to him often.

“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.

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