New York Giants tight end Evan Engram, who was named to the Pro Bowl this season, was among the league leaders in dropped passes. Wide receiver Darius Slayton is also on the list.
Compounding matters, their drops were extremely costly. It is projected that Engram’s drops cost the Giants 35 points and Slayton’s drops cost them roughly 14 points.
Evan Engram dropped 11 passes this year and three of them turned into interceptions. In all, they cost the Giants 35 expected points. pic.twitter.com/Tl06kfLJZ6
— Anthony Reinhard (@reinhurdler) January 7, 2021
Engram finished second on the team in receptions (63) to wide receiver Sterling Shepard and his 654 receiving yards are third behind Slayton and Shepard. Engram was named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster this season along with Detroit’s T.J. Hockenson at the tight end position. It was a down season for NFC tight ends with the injuries to George Kittle, Zack Ertz and others.
The most glaring aspect of Engram’s drops are not just the number but when they occur in the course of games. His drop of a first down in the Giants’ one-point loss to Philadelphia is the most memorable. Had he caught that pass, the Giants would have been able to sustain the drive and close out the game on the Eagles. That win would also have given them seven on the season and they would have won the NFC East title.
Engram is the only tight end on the list. Tight ends are supposed to be money in the back in the passing game as well as a weapon. Engram has shown flashes of his talent over his four years with the Giants but injuries and dropped passes have held him back.
Slayton is usually reliable and his six drops, although distressing as well, is the same quantity as some of the top wideouts in the league such as Davonte Adams, A.J. Brown, Calvin Ridley, Stefon Diggs and Cooper Kupp.
It’s hard to develop a young quarterback (Daniel Jones) with receivers dropping passes. The drops certainly hurt the Giants this season. They were next to last in total offense. Only the Jets were worse.