After a miserable 2021, Engram landed in about the best place he could have asked for. New Jaguars coach Doug Pederson has historically been the most tight end friendly coach in the league, with more than 30% of his team's targets going to tight ends during his time in Philadelphia. If Engram can get over his bad case of the drops and get back to his 2018 efficiency, Pederson's system should give him enough volume to finish as a top five tight end. But if he continues to struggle, he may fall behind Dan Arnold as the best pass-catching tight end in Jacksonville. Draft Engram as a backup tight end in the double-digit rounds.
Engram needed to get away from the Giants to have any chance of kick-starting a mid-career rebound.
He did just that, signing a 1-year deal with the Jags this offseason.
The move supplies a coaching and QB upgrade, while targets shouldn't be too hard to come by on an offense that features Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, Marvin Jones and Travis Etienne.
He’s probably burned you before. But Engram — at a late-round cost — pairs sneaky upside with minimal risk.
Engram signed a one-year deal with the Jaguars after five seasons with the Giants. He appeared destined for stardom when he produced a rookie tight end-record 174 fantasy points back in 2017. Instead, he's struggled with injuries and the Giants' weak offense en route to four straight fantasy finishes of 13th or worse. The 2017 first-round pick has settled in as a short/intermediate target and hasn't been used near the goal line (no more than three TDs or three end zone targets in a season since 2017). Engram will benefit from new coach Doug Pederson's very TE-friendly offense (career 31% TE target share in eight seasons), though the 28-year-old is no more than a late-round lottery ticket.
With the additions or Christian Kirk and Zay Jones the Jaguars also spent some money on Evan Engram. Engram has had an up and down career so far in New York but a change of scenery might be exactly what is needed. Since having his breakout rookie season in 2017 where he went 64/722/6 he has yet to top 654 yards or more than three touchdowns in a season. This looks like the perfect situation for Engram to prove himself once again as the Jaguars are in transition on offense and with their coaches and 2022 looks to be a nice bounce back season for the entire offense.