Why it would be a surprise if the Giants drafted a tight end

Why it would be a surprise if the Giants drafted a tight end

Stop asking.

Evan Engram is returning for a fourth season with the Giants, and no, the new coaching regime did not consider dumping him. There is no doubt Engram is a polarizing player to Giants fans. His skill-set is enthralling, but his inability to stay on the field is frustrating. We get it. But he comes cheaply this year ($1.9 million in base salary), and he has loads of talent. This is a big, big year for Engram. The Giants can pick up the fifth-year option on their 2017 first-round draft pick, but nothing is assured and his return in 2021 is far from guaranteed.

It is a prove-it season upcoming for Engram. He played in a career-low eight games in 2019 — sidelined with knee and hamstring issues and, finally, a sprained foot that landed him on injured reserve and necessitated offseason surgery. He caught just 44 passes for 467 yards and three touchdowns and he has not come close to his rookie production (64-722, six TDs). Engram must show he can stay healthy and finally be the offensive weapon the previous front office anticipated he would become.

There is not much of a need for the Giants to look for a tight end in this draft. They have six of them on the roster and the signing of Levine Toilolo filled the need for a blocker. Toilolo is a towering 6-foot-8 veteran who has reached (and lost) Super Bowls with the Falcons and last year with the 49ers. He replaces Rhett Ellison, who struggled with concussions last season and has retired.

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