Giants to deploy rookie Evan Engram as inline tight end
- Giants OC Mike Sullivan explained how the team intends to employ rookie Evan Engram as an inline tight end this season, rather than as a big slot receiver — his primary role during his final season at Ole Miss.
- The Giants ran 90 percent 11-personnel (1 RB, 1 TE) and just 6 percent 12-personnel in 2016. Moving Engram to the slot would likely send second-year receiver Sterling Shepard to the bench.
- Engram ran 73.2 percent of his routes from the slot in his final college season and led the TE draft class with 2.59 yards per route run.
- Engram’s run-blocking grades progressively declined each year: 76.3 (2014), 68.1 (2015), and 49.1 (2016).
- Engram has shown that he can run-block, but just not on a consistent basis, so there is a lot of projection in this move that the Giants plan to implement.