Jaguars TE Evan Engram shows his worth in career day in win vs. Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Evan Engram (17) at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Evan Engram (17) at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Tight end Evan Engram was one of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ biggest additions in free agency and he showed his worth on a career day against the Tennessee Titans.

Engram caught 11 receptions for 162 yards, the most he’s had in a single game in his career, and also had two touchdowns in the 36-22 win over the Titans. This was the first time he had logged over 100 yards as a member of the Jaguars. Moreover, he managed to set the franchise record for most yards in a game by a tight end and ninth overall in a game in franchise history. Before Sunday’s win over the Titans, his career high in yards came against the Cincinnati Bengals, when he logged 129 on six passes.

Similarly, the former Ole Miss Rebel also tied his career high in receptions. Coincidentally, he had as many as a member of the New York Giants against Tennessee in 2020. For the season, he’s caught 53 passes for 548 yards with four touchdowns. Here’s one of the two trips he made to the end zone in Week 14.

TE Evan Engram had a breakout game for the Jaguars in Week 14

Up until Week 14, Engram had been good but not great for the Jags. However, he took over the game and played the way the team’s brass expected when they gave him a one-year, $9 million deal in the offseason. Just last week, he dropped a pass that could’ve helped Jacksonville move the chains and wasn’t able to come down with another one that flew through his hands. So what exactly changed?

Engram met with the local media after the game and talked about what helped him perform at such a high level against Tennessee.

“The way I prepare and the way I work and the way we work, anybody can have a day”, Engram said. “We’ve seen the talent we have in that room, have days like that, and today God allowed it to be 17s day, it was a lot of fun”.

He went on to say that he made the most of the opportunities he had and credited the defense for getting the offense the ball on turnovers.

“Once you get that one then that second come, get into the flow of the game, You settle in and the defense kept giving us the ball. So, we were able to sustain jobs, get some points, and that gets players in rhythm and the offense in rhythm as well”, Engram said.

Engram is scheduled to become a free agent next offseason and it’s uncertain if he will return to the Jaguars in 2023 but one thing is certain, both he and the team are making the most of their current relationship, and if he keeps playing the way he did against the Titans, it will be very tough not to bring him back.

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