Will the New York Giants receive any compensatory picks this year?

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The New York Giants are not expected to be awarded any compensatory draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Giants hold the 11th overall pick in the 2021 Draft. They will only have six picks overall to fill the many needs on the roster.

In addition to their first-round pick, the G-Men will have the 42nd overall pick in round two, No. 76 overall in round three, No. 107 overall in round four, and two sixth-round selections — No. 172 and No. 177, the latter received in exchange from the Arizona Cardinals in the Markus Golden trade.

The Giants do not have a fifth-round selection due to the trade with the New York Jets for Leonard Williams. Big Blue also does not have a seventh-round selection either due to the trade with the Denver Broncos for Isaac Yaidom.

According to the compensatory draft pick cancellation chart compiled by “Over The Cap,” the Giants are not due any additional selections due to their aggressive shopping spree in free agency last March. They signed cornerback James Bradberry, linebacker Blake Martinez, kicker Graham Gano, outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell, quarterback Colt McCoy, tight end Levine Toilolo, and safety/special teamer Nate Ebner.

Safety/Special Teamer Michael Thomas was signed by Houston, but according to the chart, he is listed as non-eligible for compensation.

Should the New York Giants consider trading Evan Engram?

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The New York Giants did not have many players selected to the Pro Bowl in 2020. One Giants player who was selected to the Pro Bowl, though, was a very controversial selection. The Giants’ offense was putrid this season, averaging only 17.5 points per game. But one player on their offense must have stood out to Pro Bowl voters.

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram was selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2020 to the surprise of all Giants fans. Most fans felt Engram endured a down season this year, arguably the worst season of his career. Engram posted a career-low in touchdowns this season, reaching the end zone just twice. He also recorded a staggering 11 drops on the year, pulling frustration from Giants fans all season long.

Many fans thought Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan was far more deserving of a Pro Bowl selection after scoring 11 touchdowns, but he was snubbed in place of Evan Engram. Engram is still a young, talented player for the Giants. However, he is entering a contract year and has yet to meet the expectations set out for him after his incredible 2017 rookie season. Now, before New York has to pay Evan in 2022 potentially, the Giants need to decide whether or not they want Evan Engram to be a part of the team’s long-term future.

Should the Giants trade Evan Engram?

Despite his frustrating, drop-filled season, Evan Engram was arguably the most explosive and talented playmaker on the Giants’ offense last season, with Saquon Barkley on injured reserve. Engram still managed to rack up 654 receiving yards in 2020, despite leaving plenty of yards dropped onto the field.

Evan Engram is a talented player who cannot seem to get out of his own way. Maybe a change of scenery is what is best for him. But should the Giants really consider trading their starting tight end?

Replacement on the roster?

The Giants would be thin at the tight end position if they traded Evan Engram. Behind Evan is Kaden Smith and Levine Toilolo. Kaden Smith is a young tight end with decent run-blocking capabilities but is not likely to emerge as a starting-level receiving talent. Toilolo is a pure run-blocker from the tight end position and is in danger of being a cap casualty this offseason.

Drafting a tight end

The Giants do have options to replace Evan Engram if they decide to trade him. One popular name connected to the Giants this offseason if draft prospect Kyle Pitts from the University of Florida. Pitts is a phenomenal tight end prospect that will likely be drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Kyle Pitts totaled 43 receptions for 770 yards and an insane 12 touchdowns in only 8 games in 2020.

The Giants might not want to spend their coveted eleventh overall draft pick on a tight end, though, with much more pressing needs on their roster. New York is in need of a wide receiver and could target one with that pick or use the pick to improve their defense. But maybe the Giants could trade Evan Engram for a high-to-mid-round draft pick and replace him in free agency.

Finding a tight end in free agency

There are a few veteran options that the Giants could consider at tight end in free agency. In his twelfth career season, Jared Cook managed to rack up 504 yards and 7 touchdowns on 37 receptions in 2020. Cook has been one of the NFL’s best tight ends over his entire career and went to back to back Pro Bowls in 2018 and 2019. Despite thirty-three years old, Jared Cook is still playing some of his best football and could provide plenty of value to the Giants on a one-year deal.

Gerald Everett is a bit of a younger and likely pricier option for the Giants in free agency. The twenty-seven-year-old tight end has been with the Los Angeles Rams since his career began in 2017. Everett has been playing a complementary role, playing alongside Tyler Higbee with the Rams. The Rams run a lot of twelve-personnel, though, and Everett has made the most of his snaps. In 2020, Gerald posted a career-high 417 yards on 41 receptions. One red flag on Everett, though, is his six drops this past season. This could have been an anomaly, though, as he posted zero drops in both 2018 and 2019. Maybe a change of scenery could propel Everett into a legitimate starter.

One last high-end, long-shot option the Giants could take a look at in free agency is Hunter Henry. Henry is a twenty-seven-year-old tight end that has dealt with extensive injuries throughout his career. But when Henry is healthy, he performs as one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Henry has played 26 games in the past two seasons. Through those 26 games, Hunter has racked up 9 touchdowns and 1,265 receiving yards.

Hunter Henry is likely to be retained by the Los Angeles Chargers as they try to build around quarterback Justin Herbert. However, if he does hit the open market, Henry will be a highly-coveted free agent and could be a perfect fit for the Giants if they move on from Evan Engram.

New York Giants: Evan Engram talks new offense, individual future

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Evan Engram is entering his fourth season in the NFL and is projected to be the New York Giants starting tight end for a fourth consecutive season. He’ll be doing so in a new offense, administered by former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, the team’s new offensive coordinator. Meanwhile, former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is the Giants’ new tight ends coach.

Engram sees a “good” offense at training camp (quotes per Giants.com’s Dan Salomone).

“It’s a good offense in my eyes…Tight end, in general, is a very detail-specific position. There are a lot of things we have to learn.”

The Giants exercised Engram’s fifth-year option in April, keeping the tight end in North Jersey through 2021. Engram is focused on the present, though.

“I’m not too worried about that right now. We have a lot on our plate with the offense.”

“I can only control what’s in front of me each and every day.”

Engram has missed 13 of a possible 32 games over the last two seasons due to injuries. The tight end views being around his teammates again as a “blessing.”

“I take it as a blessing just to be back around my guys.”

Last season Engram totaled 44 receptions, 467 yards, and three touchdowns across eight games, six of which were starts. For his career, the Ole Miss product has totaled 153 receptions, 1,766 yards, and 12 touchdowns.

Tight end Kaden Smith, who the Giants acquired off waivers during the 2019 regular season, started in place of Engram and Rhett Ellison, who were each hurt, in the second half of last season. Smith totaled 31 receptions, 268 yards, and three touchdowns. Engram and Smith will be accompanied by free-agent signee Levine Toilolo, formally of the San Francisco 49ers.

For his career, the 6-foot-8 Toilolo has totaled 97 receptions, 996 yards, and eight touchdowns. He agreed to a two-year, $6.2 million deal with the Giants in free agency. Toilolo previously spent time with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.

New York Giants’ new signing Levine Toilolo brings Super Bowl winning advice, here’s what he had to say

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The New York Giants have been a mess ever since Jerry Reese left them with bloated contracts and no mobility almost three years ago. However, the reality is more grim – Reese had been building a team into oblivion, frequently missing on offensive linemen in the draft and investing more in skill-positions than fundamental building blocks.

Re-working the roster has been a challenge for GM Dave Gettleman, but he’s also made mistakes along the way, claiming the franchise could win while rebuilding. After one year of that aggressive mentality, the Giants were forced to revert back to a traditional model, which includes overhauling the defense.

The New York Giants finally committed to the rebuild:

In 2019, the Giants shredded their secondary and drafted youth players to begin filling holes. They attempted to do the same at the pass rusher position, but there’s still work to be done.

One player that knows what’s needed to reach a Super Bowl is newly signed tight end, Levine Toilolo. The massive body played for the San Francisco 49ers last season, who reached the Super Bowl.

Toilolo detailed what his former teams practiced to reach the end goal, according to Giants.com:

“One of the biggest things for me that I saw between the two teams over the few years was off the field, how close the guys came together and built relationships, and see how much that can translate onto the field,” Toilolo said. “When you’re playing at this level, I think it can be hard to really get out of the business aspect of it. But once you develop those relationships with not only your teammates but your coaches, and you feel that everyone is playing for something bigger than just themselves. You can definitely feel that on the field. Obviously, there’s tons of hard work that goes into it. But really just approaching each day as not only just a work day, but something you enjoy, because you enjoy the people there. You enjoy the people that you’re in the building with, that you’re in the meeting rooms with. A lot of people outside of football may not see that. But for someone who is in the building, I think that’s one thing that people may not realize is probably something that, in my opinion, one of the most important aspects to a team being successful.”

What Levine is describing is called “culture.” Joe Judge has been inserted into positive cultural experiences with Alabama and. New England during his career, and hopefully that’s something he will bring to the Giants.

A franchise in dire need of an atmospheric installment must add players who’re willing to do the work necessary to build that type of positive culture.

Giants to Add Veteran TE Levine Toilolo in Free Agency

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Tight end is one the many position on New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman’s shopping list this spring and it appear he may have one in his sights.

Toilolo, 28, is a 6-foot-8, 268 pounder who is predominately known as a blocker, but he can add to the passing game as a short-yardage and red zone presence. The Giants need a veteran to replace Rhett Ellison, who retired earlier this year after finishing last season on IR with a concussion.

Toilolo was a fourth round pick out of Stanford in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He played in Atlanta for five seasons before signing a one-year free agent deal with the Lions in 2018. Last season, Toilolo was reunited with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco.

Toilolo has eight TD catches in his NFL career and has missed only four games over the course of his seven years in the league. The Giants depth chart now consists of Evan Engram, Kaden Smith (also a former Stanford Cardinal) and Toilolo.