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The New York Giants have had a revolving door at the tight end position due to the number of injuries former first-round pick Evan Engram has picked up in his three years with the team.
Currently, Engram is nursing a mid-foot sprain and will miss week 14 against the Eagles. This is the second stint of the season that the starting tight end for Big Blue will miss time. He has played in 19 games over the last two seasons after missing just one contest in his rookie season.
As a smaller-framed tight end, Engram has evolved into a pass-catching option primarily, while his blocking abilities have taken a back-seat. Being more active in the passing game has made him more susceptible to injuries, which has limited the Giants’ offense. Having a consistent option they can trust to block and catch passes is essential, and rookie Kaden Smith seems to develop nicely into a capable alternative.
Could Smith make Engram expendable?
The Giants should consider turning Engram into a bargaining chip this offseason. A team looking for a quality receiving option off the line of scrimmage could be interested in consuming his services on the final year of his rookie deal. They would also have the ability to exercise his fifth-year option.
After trading away a fourth (possibly third-round pick) for former Jet Leonard Williams, recouping the lost selection by trading Engram makes sense. At this point, the Giants can supplement his loss with healthy wide receivers and potentially utilize a draft pick on a big-bodied receiving tight end.
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