3 reasonable expectations for Jaguars TE Evan Engram in 2022

Jaguars TE (17) Evan Engram at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Jaguars TE (17) Evan Engram at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /
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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88). (Imagn Images photo pool) /

 2. Evan Engram will catch 55 receptions with the Jaguars

Tight ends can be nightmare matchups for defenses. Just ask those players that are tasked with covering the likes of Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Rob Gronkowski when he was in his prime. Even Engram isn’t quite at that level but he can become a key contributor on the Jaguars’ offense.

Based on the contract he signed earlier this year, Engram will have a feature role in Jacksonville. Dan Arnold became the number one tight end when the Jags traded for him but if they wanted him to keep that role, they wouldn’t have brought Engram in. Having said that, he will still get plenty of targets, not as many as Engram but he will have his fair share.  Engram played 74 percent of the Giants’ offensive snaps last year and 83 percent in 2020. Knowing Arnold will also get playing time, 75 percent seems reasonable.

But even if Engram is on the football field for three quarters of the game, he won’t post big numbers and that’s because of how stacked Jacksonville is at wide receiver. Christian Kirk and Zay Jones were also signed in free agency and both of them will have starting roles. On top of that, Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. will get several targets his way, and with only a limited amount of passes to go around, Engram will have a hard time topping 60 receptions. On the other hand, hauling in 55 seems attainable for the tight end.