One of the biggest tasks for the Washington Football Team defense against the New York Giants on Sunday will be to keep tight end Evan Engram in check. But, if several other NFL teams had their way, Engram wouldn't be suiting up for Big Blue this weekend.
Multiple clubs inquired about trading for Engram prior to last week's trade deadline, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but New York ultimately chose to hold on to the 2017 first-round pick.
The Giants were unwilling to part with Engram unless they received a first-round pick in return, per Schefter.
The Giants offense has struggled for much of the 2020 season, and a large part of that has to do with the inability for Engram to make the leap many expected him to do this year.
Engram has 31 receptions on the campaign, the fourth-most of any tight end, but has not turned those catches into production. The 26-year-old has just 284 receiving yards on the season and just one touchdown, one that came on a rushing attempt.
In New York's first matchup against Washington this season, Engram was mostly a non-factor. The tight end had just two catches on three targets for 30 yards in the Giants' one-point victory.
For the Giants offense to reach its full potential, they'll need Engram to start being more productive. And by not trading him at the deadline, New York is at least giving their promising tight end the chance to turn his season around.