TE Evan Engram Signs With Jaguars
Jacksonville was not done adding pass catchers on day one of the NFL tampering period, also agreeing to terms with TE Evan Engram on a one-year deal worth $9 million — all of it guaranteed.
After a promising start to Engram’s career, sledding in the New York Giants offense has been tough as he is coming off career-lows with:
- 3.1 receptions per game,
- 27.2 yards per game,
- with a career-low 8.9 yards per catch and 5.6 yards per target.
After opening his career up with TE4, TE7, and TE7 seasons on a per game basis, Engram has been the TE20 and TE26 in points per game the past two seasons.
After scoring six touchdowns as a rookie, Engram has not caught more than three touchdowns in a season since.
His usage has been a big mystery compared to his collegiate profile as he has not stretched the field since his rookie season. After a 9.0 averaged depth of target in 2017, Engram has carried a 5.5, 6.5, 7.4, and 6.1 yard aDOT since.
It was hard for anyone to produce anything in the Giants’ offense, but as mentioned before, this Jacksonville offense was a struggle in itself a year ago on levels equal to New York.
Engram has a new lifeline, but still has to claw back to regain our trust as a TE1 or streamer we have faith in.
The Jaguars still have Dan Arnold on board, but both tight ends can find the field under Doug Pederson. In his past three seasons with the Eagles, those offenses ranked first or second in use of 12 personnel.
Engram and Arnold are a far cry from Ertz and Goedert, but with Engram still turning 28 years old in September and gaining a fresh start, the former first-rounder has an added pulse on the depth of dynasty rosters. Trevor Lawrence targeted Jacksonville tight ends 109 times (18.7%) in 2021.
Jaguars aren’t done: add WR Zay Jones
Adding even more pass catchers on the opening day of legal tampering, the Jaguars agreed to terms with WR Zay Jones on a three-year contract.
The former second-round pick caught 47-of-70 targets for 546 yards and one touchdown for the Raiders last season, getting a chance to play an extended role after the team removed Henry Ruggs from the roster.
Jones secured 38-of-50 targets for 369 yards over the final seven weeks of the season.
For fantasy, Jones still only posted three WR3 or better scoring weeks over that span.
He has 81 career appearances in the NFL, posting one 100-yard game, while scoring more than two touchdowns in just one of his first five years in the league.
There is not much to bite into here for us on the gaming front, but his contract does muddy the pass-catching corps in Jacksonville even further.
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