Tight end Evan Engram has enjoyed a career revival with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year, he set a new career best for receptions, and he's now broken his own record. The former Ole Miss Rebel had tied his record from last year in the Monday Night loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He's now passed it with three receptions against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14.
Things aren't going particularly well for the Jags. They're trailing Cleveland 14-0 as of this writing and all their possessions have ended in punts. They went three-and-out on their first drive, and have mustered just three first downs.
A first-round pick by the New York Giants in 2017, Evan Engram truly hit his stride until he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year. His tenure in the Big Apple was a mix of big plays but also lots of puzzling mistakes and drops.
However, Engram has cut down on the number of drops since landing in Jacksonville last year. In his first season with the Black and Teal, he set a new career best for receptions in a season, which he's since broken and receiving yards in a season. Similarly, he broke the team's record for catches in a season by a tight end, most receiving yards by a tight end in a game, and most receiving yards by a tight end in a season.
Against the Cincinnati Bengals, Engram reached the end zone for the first time this season. But despite the dearth of touchdowns, he's got a favorable chance to make the Pro Bowl. Here's the team acknowledging the former Ole Miss Rebel's feat.
Update: Engram has scored vs. the Browns, giving him two for the year
Things are getting out of hand for the Jaguars vs. the Browns
Tight end Evan Engram is arguably one of their first bright spots so far. Ezra Cleveland, who's starting at left tackle, has done a solid job, which deserves recognition when you take into account that he had only played offensive guard in the NFL since being drafted in 2020. Then again, he was a three-year starter at tackle at Boise State, so it's not that surprising.
The defense also tightened things up after giving up a touchdown on the first drive, but not enough, as they gave up their second touchdown of the game to tight end David Njoku. Simply, there's much left to be desired.
The Jaguars had better wake up soon. Otherwise, they run the risk of losing their second straight game, and fall behind the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts in the race for the AFC South title.