New York Giants: Five Reasons To Love The Evan Engram Pick
3. Red Zone Threat
One of the biggest issues for the New York Giants in 2016 was the inability to get the ball past the goal line. New York ranked No. 22 in the NFL in red zone scoring percentage at just 51.11 percent, with Eli Manning ranking a pedestrian No. 13 in red zone passing touchdowns.
By adding Evan Engram to the mix, quarterback Eli Manning will have a big body to target in the red zone—an invaluable truth.
Odell Beckham Jr. can go up and get the ball, but he’s still a 5’11” wide receiver who must use his athleticism to make said plays happen. Sterling Shepard is a red zone threat, as well, but like Beckham, he stands below 6’0″.
With Engram and recent signee Brandon Marshall, Manning now has two players who have a natural size advantage on jump balls.
Engram caught 15 touchdowns during his four-year career, including the career-best eight he hauled in as a senior. For those who are worried about the validity of that number, Engram caught touchdowns in eight different games in 2016.
If the Giants are going to prosper on the offensive end of the ball, then nothing will be more important than executing in the red zone—something Engram will help them do.