Jaguars’ Evan Engram to face Giants for first time amid slow start

After six years with the Giants, tight finish Evan Engram is catching passes for a brand new group this season. Engram has not missed a recreation for the Jaguars and isn’t actually dwelling up to the hefty contract (one year, $9 million) the Jaguars gave him in free company.

Engram, the Giants’ first-round choose within the 2017 draft, has 24 receptions for 208 yards, a mean of simply 8.7 yards per catch. He doesn’t have a landing, and Sunday he faces his former group for the first time.

Jaguars tight finish Evan Engram.
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Evan Engram throughout his days with the Giants.
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“Evan is, No. 1, a great person, that’s the first thing,” Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson stated Wednesday. “No. 2, he brought a lot of experience and a lot of depth that we needed at that position. His route-running ability and overall leadership are things that I’ve seen. Very unselfish player. He does whatever it takes to help us try to win football games and he’s been great in that way.”

The thought when the Giants took Engram with the No. 23 choose in 2017 was that he can be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, too massive for defensive backs and too quick for linebackers. At instances, Engram was all that. But solely at instances. His finest year, when it comes to manufacturing, got here when he was a rookie, with 64 receptions for 722 yards and 6 touchdowns — all career highs. He completed his 5 years with the Giants with 286 catches for 3,036 yards and 16 touchdowns and was usually a touchdown spot for the ire of the followers because the franchise fell into disrepair.

Engram, 28, was nonetheless across the Giants facility final winter when Brian Daboll was employed as the brand new head coach. The Giants didn’t make any actual transfer to hold him.

“I think he’s a talented player,” Daboll stated. “He’s got good speed. He’s got good quickness. He was a good young man. It was just for a short time that I got a chance to talk to him, but I thought he was a good player.”

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is definitely wanting for Engram, who has been focused 32 instances. Expect the targets to rise this weekend.

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