Evan Engram was one of the few bright spots for the Giants in 2017, and he will look to build off his solid rookie campaign. Engram finished as the No. 5 Fantasy tight end in standard leagues and scored at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in seven of the 15 games he appeared in (he missed Week 17 with a rib injury). Engram was a focal point of the passing game with Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall battling injuries, but he should benefit with Marshall no longer on the team. And Eli Manning should still feature Engram quite a bit, especially with new coach Pat Shurmur, who was the tight ends coach in Minnesota before being promoted to offensive coordinator. Engram will likely come off the board around Round 5 in the majority of leagues, and he's in the second tier of tight ends behind Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. Engram could be the No. 4 tight end drafted, and his tier consists of Greg Olsen, Hunter Henry and Jimmy Graham. It would not be a surprise if Engram is better than everyone in that group
Engram wasn't targeted during Thursday's 20-10 loss to the Browns in the preseason opener. Engram emerged as New York's top receiving threat after Odell Beckham went down with a season-ending ankle injury last year, but the young tight end failed to make an impact in two drives of work here even with Beckham absent. New York did split Engram out wide on a few occasions, so he appears primed to play a versatile role similar to the one he was used in as a rookie.
Engram (ribs) worked out with teammate Davis Webb in February, NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy reports. This is only noteworthy because it suggests Engram is in line for a healthy offseason after he missed the final game of his rookie campaign with a rib injury. He avoided any fractures and likely is back to full health with plenty of time to spare before the start of offseason workouts. Engram may have a tough time replicating his rookie-year mark of 7.7 targets per game (No. 3 among all tight ends), but a new coaching staff and the return of Odell Beckham (ankle) should lead to improved efficiency (6.3 yards per target). New head coach Pat Shurmur seemingly wants to give Eli Manning at least one more season as the starting quarterback.
Engram (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. Although he avoided any fractures in his ribs, Engram was held out of practice all week and seemingly never stood much chance to play in the season finale. Rhett Ellison and Jerell Adams will take over at tight end this weekend, while Engram finishes his campaign with one of the better stat lines by a rookie tight end in recent memory, though he needed 115 targets to get to 64 catches for 722 yards and six scores. While clearly locked in as a big part of the Giants' future, Engram will have a tough time wrangling 7.7 targets per game next season unless the team deals with another onslaught of injuries to its receiving corps. His projected 2018 value is difficult to gauge, as the Giants will enter the offseason without a clear starting quarterback for the first time since 2004.
Engram (ribs) did not participate in Friday's practice, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Engram injured his ribs in last week's loss to the Cardinals, and it appears likely the setback will cut short his rookie season. The Giants will reveal Engram's official status for Week 17 after Friday's session comes to a close.
Engram (ribs) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice. As he recovers from bruised and sore ribs on his left side, Engram has yet to practice this week. However, he fit in some work on an elliptical bike Thursday, a sign he's attempting to gain clearance from the team's training staff. Friday's practice will mark his last shot to make an impression on the team in advance of Sunday's game against the Redskins.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/30||New Orleans Saints||5||5.22|
|10||11/13||@San Francisco 49ers||18||6.75|
|11||11/18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||5.00|
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|3 Year Avg||115||64||722||6||37||11.28||109|