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At 25-years-old, New York Giants tight end Evan Engram is in his physical prime, and he has shown versatility on the offensive side of the ball with his elite speed and athleticism. However, as many NFL athletes suffer a similar fate, Engram has been plagued by injuries since his inception into the league.
Over 44 games, Engram has featured in just 34, which indicates a 10 game differential of active/inactive status. Engram is also scheduled to miss a week 13 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, making this his eleventh missed game in three years and his fourth this year.
Some believed GM Dave Gettleman would trade Engram at the trade deadline, maximizing his value considering his injury history. Gettleman could still look to deal him next offseason, as the Giants still have two more years of control over the tight end. Alternatively, they will keep him as a weapon on offense and continue forward despite his issues.
Realistically, keeping Engram seems like the more likely option, as his cap-hit remains low, and he can play an essential part on the offense if the team manages to take a big step forward in 2020.
In the absence of Engram, Big Blue will feature Scott Simonson and Kaden Smith in a more prominent role. Smith, who played in his first NFL game in week 12 against the Chicago Bears, recorded his first touchdown pass on a solid game as a pass-catcher. I can see the youngster becoming a more active part of the offense, especially if he progresses as a blocker.
The New York Giants also have Rhett Ellison on the roster, but he will also miss Sunday’s game with a concussion.
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