Evan Engram is entering his fourth season in the NFL and is projected to be the New York Giants starting tight end for a fourth consecutive season. He’ll be doing so in a new offense, administered by former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, the team’s new offensive coordinator. Meanwhile, former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is the Giants’ new tight ends coach.
Engram sees a “good” offense at training camp (quotes per Giants.com’s Dan Salomone).
“It’s a good offense in my eyes…Tight end, in general, is a very detail-specific position. There are a lot of things we have to learn.”
The Giants exercised Engram’s fifth-year option in April, keeping the tight end in North Jersey through 2021. Engram is focused on the present, though.
“I’m not too worried about that right now. We have a lot on our plate with the offense.”
“I can only control what’s in front of me each and every day.”
Engram has missed 13 of a possible 32 games over the last two seasons due to injuries. The tight end views being around his teammates again as a “blessing.”
“I take it as a blessing just to be back around my guys.”
Last season Engram totaled 44 receptions, 467 yards, and three touchdowns across eight games, six of which were starts. For his career, the Ole Miss product has totaled 153 receptions, 1,766 yards, and 12 touchdowns.
Tight end Kaden Smith, who the Giants acquired off waivers during the 2019 regular season, started in place of Engram and Rhett Ellison, who were each hurt, in the second half of last season. Smith totaled 31 receptions, 268 yards, and three touchdowns. Engram and Smith will be accompanied by free-agent signee Levine Toilolo, formally of the San Francisco 49ers.
For his career, the 6-foot-8 Toilolo has totaled 97 receptions, 996 yards, and eight touchdowns. He agreed to a two-year, $6.2 million deal with the Giants in free agency. Toilolo previously spent time with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.