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Giants’ Evan Engram anxious to return after two-week absence

A year ago, New York Giants tight end Evan Engram managed to play in all 16 of the team’s games. It was the first time in his professional career he was able to take on a full season slate.

That will not be repeated here in 2021.

Engram has already missed two with a calf injury, setting him back to start the season and putting him well off the pace he set last year. But after a solid week of practice, the Bowl tight end is ready and anxious to return.

“I had a great week, a really good recovery. Been doing really well with our trainers, they always do a good job,” Engram told reporters on Friday. “It’s always frustrating not to be out there fighting with my brothers, but stuff happens, it wasn’t in my control. All I could control was how fast I can get back. Obviously, it sucked not being out there. It was killing me honestly, but definitely just trying to get back and get out there.

“Being out there with my teammates is what pushes me. I want to play. I put a lot of work in, we put a lot of work in and injuries suck. They happen. But my focus wasn’t really on that stuff. Like I said, that’s all out of my control. I just was doing everything I could just to get back as quick as possible.”

In Engram’s absence, the Giants started the season 0-2. That’s a record Engram is all too familiar with, having started 0-2 every year since being drafted in the first round back in 2017.

“Not playing sucks and losing sucks, whether you’re in the game or not. I’m a part of it, I’m part of the team. Obviously, the last two we didn’t get the results we wanted, so not playing sucks, and losing sucks,” Engram said. I just want to win. Obviously, I have my goals, I keep that to myself. I push myself everyday to hold myself to a high standard, but I just want to do everything I can to help my team win.”

Although Engram has had issues with inconsistency and drops over the past several years, it’s clear the offense has been lacking an added dimension without him. Kyle Rudolph has hauled in just four receptions for 33 yards over the first two and hasn’t really factored in.

With Engram returning, defenses now have another field-stretcher to concern themselves with.

“I’ve been a really versatile player throughout the years here, was a versatile player last year in the same offense. I think our tight ends have been playing great, doing their job, executing and plays, so I just want to come in and add to that and do everything I can to put the team in position to win,” Engram said.

Engram’s presence alone should make the Giants’ offense better this Sunday and they’re likely to need that with their defense struggling.

A year ago, New York Giants tight end Evan Engram managed to play in all 16 of the team’s games. It was the first time in his professional career he was able to take on a full season slate.
That will not be repeated here in 2021.
Engram has already missed two with a calf injury, setting him back to start the season and putting him well off the pace he set last year. But after a solid week of practice, the Bowl tight end is ready and anxious to return.
“I had a great week, a really good recovery. Been doing really well with our trainers, they always do a good job,” Engram told reporters on Friday. “It’s always frustrating not to be out there fighting with my brothers, but stuff happens, it wasn’t in my control. All I could control was how fast I can get back. Obviously, it sucked not being out there. It was killing me honestly, but definitely just trying to get back and get out there.
“Being out there with my teammates is what pushes me. I want to play. I put a lot of work in, we put a lot of work in and injuries suck. They happen. But my focus wasn’t really on that stuff. Like I said, that’s all out of my control. I just was doing everything I could just to get back as quick as possible.”
In Engram’s absence, the Giants started the season 0-2. That’s a record Engram is all too familiar with, having started 0-2 every year since being drafted in the first round back in 2017.
“Not playing sucks and losing sucks, whether you’re in the game or not. I’m a part of it, I’m part of the team. Obviously, the last two we didn’t get the results we wanted, so not playing sucks, and losing sucks,” Engram said. I just want to win. Obviously, I have my goals, I keep that to myself. I push myself everyday to hold myself to a high standard, but I just want to do everything I can to help my team win.”
Although Engram has had issues with inconsistency and drops over the past several years, it’s clear the offense has been lacking an added dimension without him. Kyle Rudolph has hauled in just four receptions for 33 yards over the first two and hasn’t really factored in.
With Engram returning, defenses now have another field-stretcher to concern themselves with.
“I’ve been a really versatile player throughout the years here, was a versatile player last year in the same offense. I think our tight ends have been playing great, doing their job, executing and plays, so I just want to come in and add to that and do everything I can to put the team in position to win,” Engram said.
Engram’s presence alone should make the Giants’ offense better this Sunday and they’re likely to need that with their defense struggling.

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