Evan Engram left Friday’s preseason contest early in the first half after suffering a concussion, causing him to miss the remainder of the game. Despite the absence of their starting tight end, the Giants were able to win the game by a score of 22-16.
Engram suffered the head injury after he caught a pass before he was squashed between Jets linebackers Darron Lee and Avery Williamson in the second quarter. Engram lost control of the ball after the collision which was picked up by Gang Green. However, the ruling on the field of a fumble was eventually overturned after a review of the play.
Not only did the Giants lose Engram, but tight end Rhett Ellison also went down with an eye injury.
When asked about the injury to Engram, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur replied, “He’s in the protocol. We’ll just see where he’s at. I really don’t want to add anything to that, but nothing’s really changed from last night. We’re moving him through the protocol.”
Engram was everything the Giants hoped for in his rookie season after being taken by the team with the 23rd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He totaled 722 yards on 64 receptions, along with six touchdown receptions.
Engram broke several NFL records during his first season as a pro, including the most consecutive games with 4+ receptions, 50+ receiving yards, 1+ TD by a rookie tight end (3). He also broke the Giants record for the most touchdowns in a season by a rookie tight end (6) and the most games with 30+ receiving yards, 1+ TD by a rookie TE (6).
He has proved to be a threat on the offensive end time and time again, and with young players on the rise like Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard in the mix, the organization’s offense could shape up to be one of the best in football.