Evan Engram’s position designation is merely semantics. Yes, he’s listed as a tight end even though his skills and utilization are far closer to a wide receiver.
Engram’s versatility helps make him a matchup nightmare, and there’s no need to perpetuate the idea he’s a solid in-line option.
“We all understand he has a unique skill set in terms of the pass game,” Giants tight ends coach Lunda Wells said, per NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy, “but he’s a very sharp kid, and he can do a little bit of it all.nfl jerseys china
“I can’t say that I can see him as just a guy that is split out [as a receiver] because I think we’d be doing an injustice to him. He is a willing blocker and a guy that’s willing to do everything that goes into it.”nfl wholesale jerseys
A fine line exists between willing and executing. Many tight ends are willing blockers; not many are satisfactory blockers. Engram certainly isn’t.
Why not take advantage of what he does best on a down-by-down basis? As a matter of fact, he lined up in the slot 52 percent of the time during his final season on Ole Miss’ campus, per Pro Football Focus. At 6’3″ and 240 pounds with 4.42-second 40-yard-dash speed and a 36-inch vertical jump, cornerbacks can’t handle him. nfl jerseys from china
The Giants can continue to use Engram in different ways, but he can be most effective working alongside or opposite Odell Beckham Jr. while detached from the line of scrimmage.