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Evan Engram ‘could not be more excited’ for old Giants side

It would be comprehensible if Evan Engram appeared on the timing of the Giants’ breakthrough and allowed himself to surprise, “Why now?” 

Why was he drafted on the heels of the Giants’ final profitable season, pressured to endure two failed rebuilds ensuing within the worst file within the NFL over a five-year interval and never retained simply earlier than the profitable began? But that’s not the way in which that Engram — who will begin at tight finish Sunday for the Jaguars in opposition to his former crew — is wired. 

“I couldn’t be more excited for them,” stated Engram, who phoned Daniel Jones, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley a pair weeks in the past to congratulate them on a quick begin. “They’re just finding ways to finish the games that in the past we never knew how to finish. Saquon has played great, the line has protected D.J., the defense is playing lights out. That coaching staff, getting to know them a little bit, has them rolling. But definitely looking to humble them a little bit this week.” 

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Evan Engram signed with the Jaguars this previous offseason.
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A favourite of former Giants head coach Joe Judge, Engram educated within the Giants facility for about two months after final season ended and earlier than his free company opened in March. He met with basic supervisor Joe Schoen, head coach Brian Daboll and tight ends coach Andy Bischoff to debate his future. 

“There were conversations. It just didn’t really work out when it came down to the negotiation stuff,” Engram advised The Post. “I could [see] the reason they are now having success, just off the energy. There were some good conversations getting to know them, but when it came to free agency, just went in a different direction, went with my gut.” 

Engram’s career began with a bang — career highs of 64 catches for 722 yards and 6 touchdowns — as a rookie first-round choose in 2017. But the following 4 seasons have been marred by accidents and premature dropped passes that unfairly turned him into the first on-field goal of followers. 

“I’ve always lived knowing everything happens for a reason,” Engram stated. “I don’t look back with any regret or ill will. I definitely wish a lot of those games went differently, but I learned so much and grew so much. I don’t think I get to where I am mentally, physically, emotionally at this moment without those hard times. I’m blessed to have spent five years there, and I’m blessed at a new chapter, too. Wouldn’t change a thing about it — except maybe a couple of those scores.” 

The Jaguars spent about $260 million on free brokers — together with $9 million on Engram for his 24 catches for 208 yards by means of six video games — and landed Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson to develop prized quarterback Trevor Lawrence and clear up the mess left behind by the fired Urban Meyer. 

“It was a one-year deal, betting on myself and getting to go prove myself with Doug coming in,” Engram stated. “Doug was a big part of it, with the history of his offense being really tight end friendly and the great years that [former Eagles tight end] Zach Ertz had in this system. I didn’t know Trevor well, but I knew of his potential and talent. That was a big part, too.” 

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Evan Engram spent the primary 5 seasons of his career with the Giants.
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The Giants remade their tight finish room with a blocking emphasis, although rising fourth-round rookie Daniel Bellinger has 15 catches for 139 yards and three complete touchdowns from scrimmage. So perhaps it was a win-win separation. 

“I’m playing with confidence. I’m flying around. I love this coaching staff — they have me doing a lot of things that my skill set matches up with,” Engram stated. “The locker room is awesome: All the guys are locked in and easy to get along with. We’ve had a couple really good wins and some learning experiences, too. We’re on track to be a really good team, so I’m excited. We’ll see where it goes this offseason.” 

Belief within the Jaguars (2-4) is robust sufficient that they’re three-point favorites over the Giants (5-1). 

“It is going to be a little weird, but I think I’ve gotten used to watching them on TV and seeing their scores,” Engram stated. “Obviously playing against them is going to be a whole other level. I can’t wait to play in this game.”

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