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Evan Engram

New York Giants
Tight End #88
New York Giants
Tight End #88
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Evan Engram News

Looking good to play

Engram (calf) is expected to make his 2021 debut Sunday afternoon against the Falcons, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The tight end never quite progressed to full participation, but he did say Friday that he'd had a "great" week of practice and should be ready for the game on Sunday. With Engram out of the lineup the past two weeks, Kyle Rudolph handled 74 percent snap share and seven targets, while Kaden Smith got 47 percent share and two looks. Engram is officially listed as questionable this week, though he can probably be viewed as 'probable' at this point.

Sep 26, 2021 5:12 AM EST


Deemed questionable, but optimistic

Engram (calf) believes he's ready to return for Sunday's game against Atlanta, but the Giants have him listed as questionable on the final injury report, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Engram said a "great" week of practice has him ready for his season debut, though the Giants listed him as a limited participant Wednesday through Friday. He does seem more likely than not to play, albeit in a potential timeshare now that the Giants have Kyle Rudolph, who has seven targets and 74 percent snap share through two weeks. The team even has a competent No. 3 TE in Kaden Smith, though his role (47 percent of snaps) is on even thinner ice than Rudolph's once Engram is back in the mix. It remains to be seen if that will happen this Sunday, with the Giants releasing their inactive list approximately 90 minutes before the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is the other prominent player listed as questionable, while RB Saquon Barkley and WR Kadarius Toney don't have injury designations for the game.

Sep 24, 2021 10:56 AM EST



Looking good at practice

Engram (calf) is practicing again Friday and seems to be on track for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Given that he missed the first two games of the season, Engram likely will be listed as questionable even if the Giants expect him to play. It's still too soon to count on that outcome, considering Engram remained limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday. An upgrade to full participation Friday would create far more confidence about his status for Sunday, with Engram hoping to rejoin the lineup in time for a favorable matchup against a Falcons defense that's given up eight passing TDs already.

Sep 24, 2021 9:08 AM EST


Limited again at practice

Engram (calf) was limited at practice Thursday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Engram has ramped up his activity level this week as he prepares for his potential season debut, logging capped sessions to date. He even served as the No. 1 tight end during drills Wednesday, implying the Giants are getting close to clearing him for game action. Friday's injury report could give some insight into whether Engram's return to play is near.

Sep 23, 2021 1:08 PM EST


Officially limited Wednesday

Engram (calf) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Engram got back on the practice field this week, managing showings both Monday and Wednesday. In the first session, he was the second tight end in drills, while he bumped up to No. 1 in the second one, per Tom Rock of Newsday. Clearly, Engram is trending in the right direction to make his season debut Sunday against the Falcons, but there's a chance a decision on his availability comes down to the wire.

Sep 22, 2021 1:19 PM EST



Another showing at practice

Engram (calf) took part in practice Wednesday, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.

Analysis: Since missing his second game in a row to begin the campaign last Thursday, Engram has been a participant in back-to-back sessions. On Monday, he was the second tight end in drills, while he bumped up to his typical No. 1 spot Wednesday. If the preceding is any indication, he's setting himself up for his season debut Sunday against the Falcons. But Engram likely will have to get through Week 3 prep unscathed to do so.

Sep 22, 2021 10:35 AM EST


Practicing Monday

Engram (calf) is participating in drills Monday, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: The Giants aren't hosting a full padded practice Monday, but it's nonetheless encouraging to see Engram handling drills after he was listed as a non-participant in every practice during the first two weeks of the season. The tight end will work to continue ramping up his workload, with a possible eye toward making his season debut versus the Falcons in Week 3.

Sep 20, 2021 12:36 PM EST


Ruled out for TNF

Engram (calf) has been ruled out for Thursday's game at Washington, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Engram has been a non-participant in every practice through two weeks, and he's no lock to be ready when the Giants start preparing for their Week 3 game against the Falcons on Sept. 26. With Engram out of the lineup Week 1, replacement starter Kaden Smith went without a target on 48 percent snap share, while Kyle Rudolph technically came off the bench but finished with five targets and 77 percent of snaps.

Sep 15, 2021 9:44 AM EST


Still missing from practice

Engram (calf) remained sidelined for Tuesday's walk-through practice session, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Engram has logged a pair of DNPs to open Week 2, which doesn't bode well for his chances of making the quick turnaround to suit up for Thursday's clash with Washington. Prior to the session, Giants head coach Joe Judge told Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News that Engram is moving around better and added that he's hopeful the tight end will play against the Football Team, but that may be wishful thinking at this stage. Engram still has one more chance to get in some work Wednesday before the Giants determine his status ahead of the divisional matchup.

Sep 14, 2021 10:22 AM EST


Out for Week 1

Engram (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Denver, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: With no practice participation this week, Engram seems unlikely to make it back for a Thursday game against Washington in Week 2. There is some good news for the G-Men, however, with fellow tight ends Kyle Rudolph (foot) and Kaden Smith (knee) both cleared to play Sunday. They're the only healthy tight ends on the roster, but New York does carry two fullbacks (Elijhaa Penny, Cullen Gillaspia) and also has a first-round pick (Kadarius Toney) in the No. 4 WR role.

Sep 10, 2021 12:41 PM EST


Works in individual drills

Engram (calf) participated in individual drills during Friday's practice, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: At this stage, it's generally expected that Engram won't be available for Week 1 action, but it's possible that he could progress enough in the coming days to have a chance to suit up for the Giants' second game, next Thursday against Washington.

Sep 10, 2021 9:31 AM EST


Idle for another practice

Engram (calf) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.

Analysis: For the second day in a row, Engram was relegated to working out on a side field and didn't mix into team drills. Giants head coach Joe Judge has yet to make an official call on Engram's status for Sunday's season opener versus the Broncos, but the tight end looks to be trending toward sitting out Week 1. Kyle Rudolph, who is managing a foot injury of his own but is expected to play Sunday, looks poised to handle the bulk of the tight-end reps sans Engram.

Sep 9, 2021 10:23 AM EST


No practice Wednesday

Engram (calf) didn't practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: At Monday's session, there was a glimmer of hope that Engram was taking a step in the right direction by catching passes in pads. But his calf issue contained him to a side field with the Giants' training staff Wednesday, giving him just two more practices to prove his health. If Engram is unable to go Sunday against the Broncos, Kyle Rudolph (foot, limited) and Kaden Smith (knee, limited) are the prime candidates to cover for him at tight end.

Sep 8, 2021 1:11 PM EST


Won't practice Wednesday

Engram (calf) isn't in line to practice Wednesday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: The report adds that the tight end will work with the Giants' training staff while his teammates practice Wednesday, and then his status will be revisited Thursday. At this point, Engram looks iffy, at best, for Sunday's season opener against the Broncos.

Sep 8, 2021 9:42 AM EST


Some activity Monday

Engram (calf) was in pads and caught passes prior to Monday's practice, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: That's not to say Engram actually will participate in the session, but it's a good sign that he's making progress through the left calf injury that he suffered in the Giants' exhibition finale on Aug. 29. Still, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier Monday that Engram has a slim chance to suit up for Week 1 against the Broncos, so his status throughout preparation for that game in the coming days will be worthwhile to monitor. If Engram is unable to give it a go Sunday, New York may have to rely on Kyle Rudolph (foot) and Kaden Smith at tight end in the opener.

Sep 6, 2021 12:24 PM EST


Unlikely to play Week 1

Engram (calf) is a long shot to play in Sunday's season opener against Denver, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: The Giants aren't quite ready to rule Engram out but seem to be preparing for a Week 1 absence after he injured his calf in the final preseason game. Kyle Rudolph (foot) and Kaden Smith are the other tight ends on New York's 53-man roster, with the former also uncertain for Week 1 as he works his way back from offseason foot surgery. It stands to reason that the team will lean on three-wide formations out of the gate, though the Rudolph acquisition this offseason hinted at a desire to use more multi-TE sets.

Sep 6, 2021 5:54 AM EST


Not doing much at practice

Engram (calf) hasn't done much on the practice field this week, Dan Duggan of The Athletic.

Analysis: Duggan adds that Engram was having a good summer prior to injuring his calf in the final preseason game. The tight end has been a repeated disappointment for both fantasy managers and the Giants, but he just turned 27 and stills ranks among the league's fastest players at his position. That said, he'll likely lose a bunch of last year's snaps to Kyle Rudolph, who also looks questionable for Week 1 in the aftermath of offseason foot surgery. Engram wore full pads for Thursday's practice, but he was then limited to side work with the training staff, according to Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record. Giants coach Joe Judge called it a "down day" for the tight end, noting that Engram likely will be held out through the weekend at the very least, per John Fennelly of Yahoo. The team will release its first injury report Wednesday, ahead of next Sunday's opener against the Broncos at the Meadowlands.

Sep 3, 2021 11:56 AM EST


Uncertain for Week 1

Coach Joe Judge acknowledged Tuesday that he isn't sure if Engram (calf) will be ready for Week 1, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: judge used the team "gray area" when discussing Engram and his recent calf injury, noting that the Giants will need to see how the tight end progresses later this week. For the time being, Engram and Kyle Rudolph (calf) both look shaky for Week 1 against Denver, potentially leaving Kaden Smith as the starting tight end. Engram hurt his calf during Sunday's preseason loss to the Patriots, exiting in the first half after catching two of three targets for 22 yards.

Aug 31, 2021 12:55 PM EST


Set for tests on calf injury

Engram is undergoing tests to determine the severity of his calf injury, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With just under two weeks left until the Giants' season-opener, the timing of the tight end's injury is problematic. If his Week 1 status ends up being in question, Kaden Smith could see his profile in the team's offense expand, given that Kyle Rudolph is currently dealing with a foot issue that clouds his status heading into the coming campaign.

Aug 30, 2021 10:40 AM EST


Suffers calf injury

Engram won't return to Sunday's preseason game versus the Patriots due to a calf injury, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Engram was evaluated by the Giants' training staff on the sideline before favoring his left leg as he was escorted to the locker room. Prior to his exit Sunday, he gathered in all three of his targets for 22 yards. Engram will have exactly two weeks to heal up in advance of the team's season opener Sunday, Sept. 9 against the Broncos.

Aug 29, 2021 4:14 PM EST


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