Evan Engram won’t practice as the NY Giants begin preparation for Sunday’s season opener against the Broncos, leaving his Week 1 availability in doubt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The NY Giants might be without one of the more vital weapons of the passing game in Sunday’s season opener against the Denver Broncos.
Tight end Evan Engram, who suffered a calf injury two weeks ago in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots, won’t practice during the Giants‘ first practice ahead of Sunday’s opener on Wednesday.
Instead, Engram will be working on the side with trainers, NY Giants head coach Joe Judge said prior to Wednesday’s practice.
In Engram’s place, the NY Giants are hoping that free agent addition Kyle Rudolph can fill the void, especially in the red zone, where Rudolph has caught 40 of his 43 career touchdowns.
While Rudolph hasn’t played a snap since a foot injury was discovered around the time of his signing with the NY Giants, he says he’s ready for a significant workload against the Broncos.
“I’m always ready to play 60 snaps,” Rudolph told reporters Monday. “You play this game long enough you know what it takes. For me, early on in my career, I kind of learned – it’s cliché to say it – but you approach each play and then I kind of learned it when you play preseason games – everybody knows you may play eight plays, you may play 12 plays, you may get a quarter, but you’re not playing the whole game.”
Matt Lombardo is FanSided’s National NFL Insider and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday. Email Matt: Matt.Lombardo@FanSided.com.