No. 1 – Tight End Injuries
The biggest takeaway for the New York Giants on Friday night is clearly Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison’s injuries.
New York’s top two tight ends both left the game and did not return. Engram was diagnosed with a concussion after being pinned between two Jets defenders in the second quarter. He will now have to clear the league’s concussion protocol before returning to action.
The Giants are counting on the second-year tight end to have an important role in Shurmur’s offense. Engram led New York’s aerial attack with six touchdown receptions last season, setting a franchise record for a rookie tight end.
Losing Engram to a concussion two weeks ahead of the team’s regular season opener is surely not ideal. Losing Ellison on the same night only heightens the level of concern at the tight end position.
Luckily for the Giants, Ellison’s eye injury is not believed to be serious. He told Dan Duggan of The Athletic that he would have returned to the game if it were the regular season.
Jerell Adams is the next man up at the tight end position. He is likely to see a significant workload against the New England Patriots next week. The third-year tight end out of South Carolina recorded three catches for 12 yards on Friday night.