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With Evan Engram continuing to miss games with the New York Giants, the offense isn’t able to establish a rhythm that can succeed long-term. Backup/blocking tight end Rhett Ellison also missed the week 13 loss to the Packers with a concussion, but Engram’s inability to stay on the field has been more impactful.
In his absence, the Giants elevated Kaden Smith to the active roster. The rookie had a solid first game in the NFL against the Chicago Bears last week, recording a touchdown. This week, he backed up his promising start with a six-catch, 70-yard performance in the blistering cold.
Smith’s ability to get open in coverage and utilize his body control to make difficult catches could make Egram expendable at the end of the season. Rumors floated to the surface that the Giants were receiving calls from other teams in regards to Engram’s availability before the trade deadline. However, GM Dave Gettleman wanted to keep the elusive tight end put. With Smith’s emergence, trading him next offseason has become a consideration, even a necessity if they can grab a 2nd round value.
The reality is, Engram is excellent when he’s on the field for the Giants, but his lack of blocking prowess and health issues make him expendable. There are other options head coach Pat Shurmur can utilize, if he’s still around in 2020, which I imagine he will be. Smith is a late bright spot for the Giants in the second half of the year, and he’s presenting a solid case that would guarantee more playing time.
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