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You could count the touchdowns scored last season by Giants tight ends on one hand and still have two fingers left. Will Tye had one. So did Jerell Adams. Larry Donnell had one, too.That’s it. Three touchdowns.No wonder the Giants want and hope to Adidas Boston Bruins Jersey get an immediate impact out of Evan Engram, their first-round draft pick from Mississippi.
“We will see how fast he develops, how fast he grows, how fast he learns, and we think that the sky is the limit,’’ coach Ben McAdoo said Friday at Giants rookie minicamp.
These days are reserved for indoctrination and Engram, despite his physical gifts, will have a steep learning curve, coming from a spread offense in college that often put him out wide, off the ball, rather than alongside an offensive tackle — the more traditional NFL tight end placement. At 6-foot-3 and just 234 pounds, Engram does not have the bulk of an in-line blocking tight end and the Giants, not ready to ram http://www.authenticlosangeleskings.com/ round peg into a square hole, are going to utilize Engram’s strengths and work on his deficiencies.
“We can’t hold against him what he has been asked to do in a previous offense,’’ McAdoo said.
Engram’s stock soared after a big senior year at Ole Miss, catching 65 passes for 926 yards and eight touchdowns, allowing him to establish school records for a tight end in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. The Giants are not fond of hearing how they drafted a receiver and not a tight end. Engram at rookie minicamp is working with the tight ends and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan insists, “He is not a big wide receiver.’’
No, he is a smaller tight end. But he is not small, evidenced by one look at his long, muscular arms.
“The thing that is really intriguing about Evan is the speed component,’’ Sullivan said. “This is a legitimate vertical threat. But he’s not just a receiver. When you talk about first impressions, when I met him, seeing him up Adidas Los Angeles Kings Jersey close and personal [Thursday night], this is a big, strong guy.’’
And a willing guy.
“I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help the team,” Engram said. “If it’s in-line getting physical, I’m going to do it. If it’s out wide being a vertical threat, I’m going to do that, too.”
The gold standard for rookie tight end production for the Giants is Jeremy Shockey, who hauled in 74 passes for 894 yards and two touchdowns in 2002. Engram is not going to approach those numbers, not with Eli Manning having to distribute the ball to Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard.
Marshall, at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, is a big target for Manning, but the plan is for Engram to keep defensive coordinators up at night, concocting ways to stay with a vertical threat too fast for linebackers and too big and strong http://www.authenticbostonbruins.com/ for defensive backs.
Asked about the McAdoo offense, Engram said: “I love it. Especially my position, the Y, and how much we move around and stuff, puts defense in binds and finding holes on the defense. I can’t wait to really learn it.”
That is exactly what Steve Spagnuolo envisions when he projects what Engram will bring to the Giants on offense.
“Everything I hear about him sounds like it’s similar to what we have to do when we play Washington or some of these other teams that have tight ends who can flex out like big wide receivers,’’ said Spagnuolo, the Giants’ defensive coordinator.
When Spagnuolo prepares for the Redskins, he must concentrate on dealing with tight end Jordan Reed, the player Engram is most often likened to. No wonder why Manning called him his new toy.
“I talked to Eli after the draft, after I got the call,” Engram said. “He told me, ‘Enjoy the moment, have fun and be yourself when you get here and put the work in.’ ”
Asked what it meant to him to get a call from Manning, Engram said: “It’s really cool.”