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Engram still having issues holding onto the football

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram had an impressive rookie campaign in 2017, catching 64 passes for 722 yards and six touchdowns. He also led the NFL in dropped passes with 11. The Giants as a whole had slippery hands, dropping a league-high 45 passes and Engram has become the face of that.

This summer Engram is making some spectacular plays in training camp, wowing the crowd with his athletic prowess, but there is still something very noticeable missing in his game.

The second-year tight end is still having issues holding onto the football.

Engram was asked after practice on Friday if he felt he should have had those passes.

“I mean I feel like I’m supposed to have all of them,” he said. “There was one, during one of the earlier periods, down the field, defense made a good play, down in their zone. Should’ve came down with it, should’ve — got to stay in bounds as well. Definitely some I want to have back, but credit to the defense. They did a really good job disrupting us, me specifically, but also all day they were all over the field making good plays.”

Not exactly the response Giant fans want to hear. Tight ends are supposed to be able to make plays on those contested balls. Engram appears to be having trouble catching the ball no matter where it’s thrown. What good is all of that ability and explosion if he can’t secure the football?

Engram said that head coach Pat Shurmur is keeping an eye on the drops, but is not chiding anyone about them. Not yet, anyway.

“He said that we had the most drops in the league last year as a team and if we clean up some of those drops we can get more wins,” Engram explained. “It’s definitely a focal point that he’s brought up to us as a team, as an offense and as skill players, you got to catch the ball and you know how important it is. Yeah it’s a big focal point.”

The problem is as much mental as it is physical. It’s about concentration and Engram has been working extra hard to rectify the issue. He’s not quite over the dropsies but he vows to keep working. After practice, he has been seen working with the JUGS machine catching passes.

“We just do more pre and post practice ball drills,” he said when asked what he’s doing to reduce the drops. “If I’m not on the special teams period I’ll get some guys and we’ll go catch some balls on the side. In your free time out on the practice field when we’re not in a certain drill or special teams or something like that, just find a way to catch balls, get some catches in, just find out ways do it. Coach has implemented pre- and post-practice ball drills that everybody has to do as they come on the field and as they come off.”

The Giants have a plethora of options in the passing game and are relying on Engram to be one of the major cogs in that attack. If he can’t solve this issue, it could put a damper on all the good will this offense has built up so far at camp.

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