The Jacksonville Jaguars checked off a box on their to-do list when they signed tight end Evan Engram to a multi-year deal just one day before the deadline. While they could have easily played the 2023 season under the tag, the Jags wanted to reward one of their stars and enjoy long-term security at the position.
With the uncertainty of having to play the season on the tag behind, Engram can now fully focus on recreating the success he had on the Jacksonville offense last year. Coincidentally, this is one of the questions currently surrounding the Jaguars' tight end unit.
3. Can Jaguars TE Evan Engram recreate his 2022 success next season?
The short answer is yes. Otherwise, the Jags wouldn't have felt comfortable giving him a long-term deal. A first-round pick by the New York Giants in 2017, Engram wasn't particularly consistent and struggled with drops early in his career. In his own words, he needed Jacksonville to put it all together and it looks like those drops and mental errors are a thing of the past.
In his first season donning the Black and Teal, Engram had a drop rate of 3.8 percent, the lowest of his six-year career. Also, the former Ole Miss Rebel set career bests for catches and receiving yards. And even with the addition of Calvin Ridley to the Jaguars' offense, there will still be enough targets for everyone.
The bottom line is that there are no reasons to think Engram will have a steep statistical decline in 2023. He might not be able to put up career numbers for the second straight year but his output next season should be similar to the one he had in 2022.