Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!
Beating the Minnesota Vikings will be no easy feat for the New York Giants on Sunday, considering their number six ranked defense and ability to keep the ball in front of them.
Throwing the ball deep will be difficult for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, which means he will have to rely on his security blankets and crossing route options frequently throughout the contest. One breakout player that has been an influential factor this year is tight end, Evan Engram.
In his last two games, Engram has managed 167 total yards and one touchdown. His yards per reception averages exploded after Eli Manning was benched, and Jones was inserted into the offense.
Evan’s catch rate against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was an exciting 75%, but it dropped to 57.1% against the Washington Redskins. He will need to hover in the 70 to 80% range against the Minnesota Vikings to help his team come out with a win.
His influence will be significant for the Giants and Daniel Jones on offense, considering his ability to break out into the open field and pick up big chunks of yardage. I expect to see him on crossing routes frequently and act as an option in the screen game. Throwing the ball downfield will be stressful, so we have to believe head coach Pat Shurmur will stay in the 5 to 15-yard range. Engram plays a big part in that due to the havoc he wrecks on opposing linebackers.
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