New York Giants: Evan Engram’s status unclear going into opener

Oct 11, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs a reverse for a touchdown in the first quarter against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Everson Griffen (97) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The end of the preseason came with not just a loss for the New York Giants, but also a couple more injuries to add to the team’s already high tally.

This time the injured player is another receiving target, tight end Evan Engram. Engram is out right now with a calf injury and his status for week 1 of the regular season is looking uncertain because of that. With only a short break between the team’s final preseason game and the start of the regular season, Joe Judge couldn’t confirm that the Giants will have Engram available when they take on Denver.

In terms of Evan, he’s still going to see a doctor, they’re going to look at some things and kind of measure the severity of whatever it may be,” Judge told reporters on Monday.

“Obviously, (we’re) two weeks out. It leaves a little bit of a different window than it normally would be in the preseason track as far as getting ready for the opener, so we’ll have to see where he’s at in terms of how we manage him.”

A plethora of injuries on offense

Engram isn’t the only player that was injured in the loss. Wide receiver Darius Slayton is dealing with an ankle injury, and Judge left his status open ended while revealing that the trainers have yet to evaluate the player.

Both injuries are another blow to a Giants offense that is already missing its first round draft pick as well as its highest profile free agent addition. Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney are both expected back for week 1, but after not seeing them all preseason, it’s unknown how rusty their skills will be.

In the case of Engram, his injury isn’t a particularly big deal in isolation. However, it will bring back bad memories for some due to his injury prone history from 2018 and 2019.

Many have questioned if Engram can stay on the field for long enough to reach his full potential, and with his status unclear for an important week 1 game, those questions will almost certainly come up again in fan discussions.