The New York Giants struggled for a variety of reasons in 2019, one of them being the injury bug took its toll on the team. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones wasn’t given much in terms of playmaking talent as Saquon Barkley went down with a high ankle sprain, Evan Engram missed half the season with a foot sprain, and Sterling Shepard was in an out due to multiple concussions. Don’t forget about Golden Tate‘s four-game suspension to open the year and Darius Slayton missing the first two games of the campaign as well.
Jones didn’t play a single contest with his entire supporting cast, but 2020 might be a bit different as his players are getting stronger and will likely be prepared to start the 2020 season with a full bill of health.
One of the more questionable players leading up to the present day was Evan Engram, who was still in a walking boot a few months ago but is now running and cutting nicely. The Giants exercised their fifth-year option on the young tight end, and they are expecting him to be productive this year after having Lisfranc surgery on his foot. The scheduled start of training camp is less than a month away, and Engram is working hard to prepare himself for the physicality, and intensity football brings.
Engram posted a workout video on Monday showing him running without a boot and cutting for the first time publicly.
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The last three seasons for the former Mississippi talent have gone poorly due to injury. His rookie campaign was by far his best, posting 722 yards and six touchdowns. Last season in eight games, he posted 467 yards with three touchdowns, taking significant steps backward every season since his inception into the NFL.
However, plenty of players have returned from injury-plagued starts to their careers and ended up being productive and efficient. The Giants have two years left of Engram and his speedy abilities, and maximizing them will be essential for new offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett. When healthy, Evan is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, and they desperately need him to remain that way in the future. Jones will certainly benefit from his talents.