Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 Outlook: Evan Engram can make a big difference again
By Quinn Butler
Evan Engram signed a one-year deal in free agency to join the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022. He proved to be a trusted target for Trevor Lawrence down the stretch and was a huge reason the Jaguars were able to rocket toward the playoffs.
He set not only career-highs in receptions and yards but also Jaguar records in both categories for a tight end in a single season, finishing the year with 73 receptions, 766 yards, and four touchdowns.
Engram started the season off slowly but morphed into exactly what the team hoped they were getting when they made the decision to go after him in free agency and offered him, which in this day and age amounted to a one-year prove-it sort of deal.
In 2022, Engram finally showed why he was a first-round draft pick for the New York Giants in 2017. Having a player like him at tight end is almost a cheat code as he has the hands of a wide receiver but a bigger body like a tight end.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a very good tight end in their offense.
Seeing Engram blossom in the offense once he started getting comfortable in it and making huge contributions to the team that helped drive the Jags back into the postseason for the first time since 2017 was a sight to behold.
For 2023, it may seem as though his production would decrease considering the additional mouths that Trevor Lawrence will have to feed.
One would think that it's more likely that, based on the way that Lawrence flipped the script after the game against the Denver Broncos, he will continue to get even better and be able to feed all those mouths on offense.
A solid projection and expectation for Engram in 2023 is 75 receptions, 800 yards, and six touchdown receptions. That would be a great season for him.