Report: New York Giants don’t intend to trade Evan Engram at deadline

Alexander Wilson
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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram catching a pass at the team’s training camp on Sept. 1. (Photo credit: NY Giants)

With the November 3 trade deadline just a week away, the New York Giants are expected to be sellers. Having already traded Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals for a sixth-round pick, the expectation is that others will be on the market as well.

Early reports indicated that Evan Engram could be a possible trade piece, but it seems as if the Giants are keen on retaining his services and keeping him as an asset for the offense.

The issue, he has hurt the team more than he has helped them this season. Over the past three years, Engram leads the NFL at the tight end position with 21 drops. He dropped two passes against the Philadelphia Eagles in week seven, one of which turned into an interception and the other allowed Philly to march down the field and win the game.

Considering the marginal value he brings to the offense, gaining some sort of future draft capital could be beneficial — he is entering his fifth year in 2021. Nonetheless, the Giants might see something that we don’t, and maybe he will emerge as a key cog in the offense. Still, considering his problems catching the football and one tool tight end mentality, his value seems to degrade with every passing game.

NFL analyst Ian Rapoport believes that the Giants don’t intend to trade Evan Engram:

There has been some interest in Browns TE David Njoku and Giants TE Evan Engram, though neither team intends to move either guy. Perhaps if they are blown away by a monster deal, but both talented young tight ends figure to stay put.

So far during the 2020 season, Engram has a putrid 51.9 overall grade, via PFF. While his pass blocking has been decent, he hasn’t been asked to do much in that category. He’s far more engaged as a run blocker, averaging a 37.1 grade this season.

Considering his inabilities and deficiencies in most categories, extracting any future value seems to be the best move. If the Giants fail to move him at the deadline, they might just be biting themselves in the butt.