News: 7 days agoEngram secured all four targets for 55 yards in the Giants' 44-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.
Spin: Engram's season-best yardage total and 13.8 YPC figure can be looked at in one of two ways. From one perspective, his tally and increased downfield role represented a significant improvement from the first two games of the season, when he averaged just under seven yards per grab. From another angle, the fifth-year tight end's production was somewhat underwhelming, considering the Giants came into the game without Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard due to hamstring injuries, then lost Kenny Golladay and Saquon Barkley to knee and ankle injuries, respectively, in the first half of Sunday's contest. Engram may have been at least partly affected by yet another key absence on the offense -- that of Daniel Jones, who left the game for good shortly before halftime due to a concussion -- but he'll look to build on Sunday's relatively encouraging effort with whomever is under center against the Rams in Week 6.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Engram was the No. 5-scoring fantasy TE as a rookie in 2017, but hasn't been able to match that success in three seasons since. The former first-round pick ranked seventh in fantasy PPG in both 2018 and 2019, but missed 13 games during the span. In 2020, he finally appeared in 16 games and finished no lower than sixth in routes, targets and receptions, but his efficiency plummeted, which left him with a 15th-place fantasy showing. Engram scored six TDs as a rookie, but has seven total the past three seasons. He led all TEs in drops (eight) and was near the basement in catch rate and YPT in 2020. Engram's raw skills supply him with upside, but he may miss a few weeks to open the season, he struggled in 2020 and Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Kyle Rudolph are now in the mix. The 27-year-old is best-viewed as a TE2.