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) /

1. Evan Engram will total 600 yards for the Jaguars in 2022

So Evan Engram will get 55 catches and six touchdowns but how about receiving yards? 600 is a good number, one that he can achieve if he averages 10. 9 yards per reception in 2022. The tight end averaged 8.9 yards per reception, a career-low, last year. In 2020, he had an average of 10.4 yards per grab and 10.6 the season before. But in his first two seasons, he averaged more than 11 years per reception, 12. 8 in 2018.

While it’s hard to envision Engram getting 12 yards every time he catches a ball, 10.9 seems attainable. Trevor Lawrence struggled at times last year but he was a rookie and he should improve significantly under head coach Doug Pederson in Year 2. If the sophomore quarterback does get better, all Jaguars’ skill-position players will benefit.

In his rookie campaign, Lawrence showed he can make all kinds of throws and has the arm strength to stretch the field. The coaching staff won’t have Engram running vertical routes but he should get many opportunities in underneath passes, which could lead to an uptick in his average per catch.

To recap, Engram will haul in 55 receptions for 600 yards with six touchdowns in 2022. While those numbers don’t pop off the stat sheet, the Jaguars haven’t gotten that kind of production from the tight end position in a while. If you add Arnold’s production, Jacksonville is poised to have a solid tight end duo this upcoming season.

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