Evan Engram
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Engram with the New York Giants in 2019
No. 17 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-02) September 2, 1994 (age 27)
Powder Springs, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Hillgrove
(Powder Springs, Georgia)
College:Ole Miss (2013–2016)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Receptions:262
Receiving yards:2,828
Receiving touchdowns:16
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Evan Michael Engram (born September 2, 1994) is an American football tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ole Miss and was drafted by the New York Giants with the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early years

Engram attended and played high school football at Hillgrove High School.[1]

College career

Engram was a consensus first-team All-SEC selection.[2] In his four-year career at Ole Miss, he made 162 receptions for 2,320 yards, a 14.3 yard average. He had 15 career touchdowns. He netted five catches for 176 yards, including an 83-yard reception, in the 2014 Egg Bowl.[3][4] In his last year at Ole Miss, on 65 receptions, Engram netted 926 yards and eight touchdowns, a performance that earned him the Cornely Trophy.[5]

College statistics

Evan Engram Receiving
Season Team GP Rec Yds Avg TD
2013 Ole Miss 8 21 268 12.8 3
2014 Ole Miss 10 38 662 17.4 2
2015 Ole Miss 12 38 464 12.2 2
2016 Ole Miss 11 65 926 14.2 8
Total 41 162 2,320 14.3 15

Professional career

Engram received an invitation to the Senior Bowl and practiced well during the week. He helped the South defeat the North 16–15 and made one catch for ten-yards. He attended the NFL Scouting Combine and completed all the required combine drills. On April 3, 2017, he participated in Ole Miss's pro day and chose to only perform positional drills and stand on his combine performance. NFL draft experts and analysts projected him to be a first or second round pick in the draft.[6] He was ranked the second best tight end in the draft by Sports Illustrated and was ranked the third best tight end prospect by ESPN, NFLDraftScout.com, Mike Mayock, and Bucky Brooks.[7][8][9][10]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 3+38 in
(1.91 m)
234 lb
(106 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.42 s 1.56 s 2.57 s 4.23 s 6.92 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
19 reps 26
All value from NFL Combine.[11]

New York Giants

The New York Giants selected Engram in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[12] He was the second tight end to be selected in the draft, after O. J. Howard was selected 19th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[13] Engram was selected to upgrade a Giant's tight end core that only had three touchdown receptions the previous year.[14] On June 15, 2017, the Giants signed Engram to a four-year, $10.71 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $5.93 million and is fully guaranteed.[15]

2017 season

Throughout training camp, he was slated to take the vacant starting tight end role that used to belong to Larry Donnell. Head coach Ben McAdoo officially named him the starting tight end to start the 2017 regular season.[16]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the New York Giants' season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys and made four receptions for 44-yards in their 19–3 loss. His first career reception came on a three-yard pass by Eli Manning on the first pass of the game in the first quarter before being tackled by Cowboys' linebacker Sean Lee.[17][18] On September 18, 2017, Engram caught four passes for 49-yards and a touchdown in a 24–10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.[19] His first career touchdown reception came in the second quarter on an 18-yard pass from Eli Manning.[20] On December 3, 2017, Engram caught seven passes for a season-high 99 receiving yards and a touchdown during a 24–17 loss at the Oakland Raiders. This marked his sixth and last touchdown of the season. Head coach Ben McAdoo was fired after the game due to the Giants posting a 2–10 record. In Week 15, he made a season-high eight receptions for 87-yards and had his first carry of his career for a 14-yard gain as the Giants lost 34–29 to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was inactive for the Giants' 18–10 victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 17 after he suffered a rib injury the previous week.[21] He finished the season with 64 receptions for 722 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 11 starts and 15 games.[22]

2018 season

In his second professional season, Engram finished with 45 receptions for 577 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in 11 games.[23] He missed some time due to a MCL injury and foot injury.[24][25]

2019 season

Engram in a game against the Washington Redskins
Engram in a game against the Washington Redskins

Engram recorded his first career 100-yard game in a Week 1 35–17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys with 11 receptions, 116 yards, and a touchdown.[26] In Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Engram caught six passes for 113 yards and a 75-yard touchdown as the Giants won 32–31, catching the first career NFL touchdown from rookie Daniel Jones.[27] On December 17, Engram was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury after missing the last five games.[28] He finished the season with 44 catches for 467 yards and three touchdowns through eight games.[29]

2020 season

On April 29, 2020, the Giants picked up the fifth-year option on Engram's contract.,[30] worth $6.013 million fully guaranteed for the 2021 season.[31]

On October 22, 2020 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Engram dropped a critical pass from Daniel Jones on third-and-six at the Eagles 25 yard line ahead of the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter. This forced the Giants to punt and lose 21–22 despite the Giants leading 21–16 at the time of Engram's drop.[32][33] In Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals, he had six receptions for 129 receiving yards in the 19–17 victory.[34]

Despite being named to his first career Pro Bowl with 63 receptions for 654 yards and a touchdown,[35] Engram struggled during the season with eleven drops which led to three turnovers and cost the Giants a pair of touchdowns.[36][37]

2021 season

After missing the first two games of the season due to a calf injury,[38] Engram struggled in 2021, and finished the season with 46 receptions for 408 yards and scored three touchdowns in 15 games.[39] Towards the end of the season, he was utilized more as a blocking tight end than a receiver.[40]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On March 16, 2022, Engram signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[41]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2017 NYG 15 11 64 722 11.3 35 6 1 14 14.0 14 0 0 0
2018 NYG 11 8 45 577 12.4 54 3 3 36 12.0 14 0 0 0
2019 NYG 8 6 44 467 10.6 75 3 3 7 2.3 5 0 0 0
2020 NYG 16 14 63 654 10.4 53 1 6 26 4.3 9 1 1 1
2021 NYG 15 12 46 408 8.9 30 3 1 -3 -3.0 -3 0 1 1
Career 65 51 262 2,828 10.8 75 16 14 80 5.7 14 1 2 2

New York Giants franchise records

NFL records

Personal life

Engram's sister, Mackenzie Engram, is a basketball player who plays for the University of Georgia women's team, the Bulldogs, who compete at the NCAA Division 1 level.[67]

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