Pro Football Focus sees large role for Evan Engram in 2020

Evan Engram enjoyed a strong start to the 2019 season.

The tight end began his third year in the NFL by catching 11 of 14 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against the Cowboys. Two weeks later, he caught six passes for 113 yards and Daniel Jones’ first career passing touchdown, a 75-yard catch-and-run to the house, against the Buccaneers.

A foot injury derailed the second half of the season for Engram, forcing him to miss the final eight games. The 25-year-old finished the year with 44 receptions for 467 yards and three touchdowns in eight games (six starts).

When he is on the field, Engram is one of the top tight ends in the league. In 15 games as a rookie, he caught 64 passes for 722 yards and six touchdowns, earning a selection to the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie Team.

Pro Football Focus took a look at all of the NFL’s tight ends to see which ones could be facing a high-volume target share in 2020. When it came to Engram, PFF called him “one of the league’s most-talented TEs.”

As PFF notes, “only Kelce (77), Kittle (65), Gronkowski (65), Ertz (64) and Waller (61) have averaged more receiving yards per game than Engram (52) among all TEs since 2017. His average of 7.7 targets per game with Daniel Jones under center in 2019 and was just below Golden Tate (8.4) and Sterling Shepard (8.3) Note that backup TE Kaden Smith assumed a similarly productive role when Engram missed time last season.”

The analytics site added “there aren’t five better players at the position when he’s right.”

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