Trash talk is a big part of sports, so it wasn’t particularly surprising to see Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Evan Engram honor the tradition when he took shots at his former team, the New York Giants. This should spice things up when the Jags welcome Big Blue at TIAA Bank Field in Week 7.
A fan page of the Giants on social media (@gmengalaxy) recently asked their followers to share their predictions about the 2022 season. Engram saw the post in question and decided to chime in. “One of those is an L”, the tight end said, most likely referring to the Jaguars matchup against New York, the team that made him a first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Even before Engram’s recent comment, the Jags’ Week 7 matchup in 2022 was already intriguing because they are going to face off against two players, they passed on in this year’s draft, edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and offensive lineman Evan Neal, in favor of defensive lineman Travon Walker.
Both the Giants and the Jaguars hired new coaches and made several important additions to their roster in the offseason. Similarly, both clubs finished in the cellar of the league in terms of wins last year, and they will have the chance in Week 7 to show how much they’ve improved.
The Jaguars expect Evan Engram to be a big part of their offense in 2022
Engram was just having a little fun at the expense of the Giants but he knows he has now put a target on his back when he plays against them. Even though he put up solid numbers throughout his tenure in East Rutherford, he didn’t become the weapon Big Blue expected and was let go earlier this year.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, believed the former Ole Miss Rebel can become a playmaker in their offense, so they gave him a one-year, prove-it deal in free agency. Engram is expected to be Jacksonville’s No. 1 tight end, and if he can cut down on the number of drops and mental mistakes, he should have no trouble becoming an important part of their offense.
Engram believes he can flourish in the Jags’ offense in 2022. If he does, he will cash in next year. And beating his old team and showing them they should have kept him will give him a reason to have a great year.