New York Giants: Is Evan Engram One Of The Best Tight Ends In The NFL?

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A 2020 Breakout Campaign

In order for Evan Engram to solidify himself as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, he needs to stay healthy. If he can do that, Engram can put together a huge breakout campaign in 2020. Especially with the Giants’ new coaching staff.

Coaching Evan Engram this season are two former head coaches; Jason Garrett will serve as the Giants’ offensive coordinator while Freddie Kitchens serves as the team’s tight ends coach. Engram is certainly in good hands with this coaching staff.

Jason Garrett puts a heavy emphasis on the utilization of the tight end position. During Garrett’s time in Dallas, tight end Jason Witten was featured in a huge role in the Cowboys’ offense.:

Between the ages of 25 and 31, Jason Witten was targeted in the Cowboys offense an average of 127 times a year–and that was despite their having a legitimate No. 1 receiver and a top rushing attack. – Gene Clemons of Giants County

Evan Engram is bound to see an abundance of targets if he stays healthy in 2020. Last season, Engram had a huge role in the offense before his injury. In 2019, Evan Engram was tied for the second-most targets per game by tight ends in the NFL with 8.5. Engram only played in 8 games though, and a healthy season with a high target volume could lead to a breakout performance. In the first five games of the season, Evan was averaging 9.6 targets per game, 74.6 yards per game, and totaled 2 touchdown receptions. That target total should only see an increase in Jason Garrett’s scheme. Evan Engram might not be one of the best tight ends in the NFL just yet, but there is a strong chance that changes by the end of the 2020 NFL season.