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Giants TE Evan Engram Placed on Concussion Protocol

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.


Jalen Simmons Suffers Concussion in Win Over Lions

Jalen Simmons, a running back from South Carolina State University, suffered a concussion during the Giants’ preseason win over the Detroit Lions and was immediately placed on concussion protocol. He left the game with eleven yards on six attempts.

He took a knee to the head which caused him to hit the ground hard, unable to move his upper body as he fell to the turf. However, he was still able to move his legs as trainers rushed to his aid.

Eventually, Simmons was able to rise to his feet and walk off the field (slowly) as fans applauded the running back for his toughness.

He has been very effective at times during the 2018 NFL preseason. In Week 1 vs. the Cleveland Browns, Simmons totaled 38 yards on seven carries, including a rather impressive eleven yard rush in the process. He also managed to punch the ball through the goal line for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Unfortunately, this injury could not have come at a worse time for Simmons as he attempts to earn a roster spot with the Giants. New York currently has six running backs on their roster, including two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Saquon Barkley and 2015 Pro-Bowl halfback Jonathon Stewart. These two are basically guaranteed roster spots along with two-time Second Team All-ACC honoree Wayne Gallman, leaving very little wiggle room for Simmons to squeeze his way onto the team by the time the regular season rolls around. After sustaining this injury, he will lose valuable time to prove his worth to the organization.

Hopefully, Simmons will recover quickly and get back to the field before its too late.


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