In Jordan Reed, the Redskins clearly have the NFC East's best tight end. But the Giants think their first-round pick at the position can surpass Washington's elite pass catcher.
Actually, think isn't the right word to describe their confidence that Evan Engram, whom they selected 23rd overall in the 2017 draft, eventually does so. Anticipate is more like it.
"They knew what they had from a size/strength standpoint in this guy," NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo said Sunday while at the New York's training camp. "Teams that were drafting behind the Giants at 23 saw this guy as a top-20 talent, so when the Giants made this pick, they said, 'Look out.'"
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Now here's where the Redskins' star comes into the conversation.
"It was the night of the draft when I was kind of talking to people about him, people in the Giants organization, saying, 'This guy is being compared to Jordan Reed,'" Garafolo recalled. "They said, 'No, he could be better than Jordan Reed. We expect him to be better than Jordan Reed as far as a matchup problem.' "
The Reed-Engram comparison isn't a new one. CSN's Charley Casserly made it a few months ago, too.
And yes, it's not out of the question that Engram one day becomes as productive as Reed. He caught 65 passes and eight touchdowns at Ole Miss last year and will join a Giants offense that has Eli Manning under center and plenty of receivers on the outside to take the attention away from him in his debut season.
But while it's not surprising that the organization is pumping up their new tight end, they should temper their lofty expectations. Reed's scored 17 times in his last 26 contests, is as good as any TE not named Gronkowski and has — oh, yeah — played in an NFL game. Engram doesn't check any of those boxes yet.
Training camp is the time for unrestrained optimism. The Giants are definitely making the most of it with their talk about Engram.