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Rookie Progress Report: Engram steps up in increased role

Posted Oct 15, 2017

Giants.com's John Schmeelk breaks down the play of the rookies against the Broncos:


Evan Engram
7 targets, 5 catches, 82 yards, 16.4 avg, 1 TD
Evan Engram had his best game as a member of the New York Giants. He had more targets in this game than the entire Giants wide receiver corps (6) in his 38 snaps. His touchdown was the only one the offense would score all game. He got his completions in a lot of different ways. His first catch came over the middle when he beat safety Justin Simmons one on one. His next two grabs came courtesy of excellent play design where rub routes got him space against Chris Harris and then Simmons (for the TD).

His fourth catch, and longest for 21 yards came when he burnt a linebacker on an out route. His fifth and final catch came when he found space on a well run slant route between a safety and linebacker.

The lone blemish came on a 3rd and 3 when he was lined up isolated on Justin Simmons outside and dropped a potential first down catch.. The pass was a little high, but the ball went through Engram’s hands. Until Sterling Shepard returns he will be the Giants number one target in the passing game and he got off to a great start.

Wayne Gallman
9 rushes, 27 yards, 3.0 avg, 2 catches, 5 yards
Due to Orleans Darkwa’s success, Wayne Gallman had limited usage in this game. He played just 15 snaps compared to 27 for Darkwa. His first three rushes went to the perimeter where he had a lot of success. He ran more between the tackles as the game continued. Despite only averaging three yards per carry he continued to fall forward after contact, gaining extra yards. Gallman and Mannning did have a fumbled hand-off exchange late in the game but Manning managed to recover the ball. It looked like Manning had the ball a little high but Gallman might have been able to handle it anyway.

Dalvin Tomlinson
1 Tackle
He might not have the numbers to show it, but Tomlinson was very solid as he has been for most of the year. He was sturdy at the point of attack and got some penetration on run plays throughout the game. Pro Football Focus had him for two run stops on just 8 run snaps. He did not get any pressures on the quarterback (per Pro Football Focus) but did help draw a holding penalty on the Broncos offensive line. He played 30 defensive snaps overall.


Avery Moss
1 tackle
Avery Moss was on the field a ton on Sunday night, playing 43 defensive snaps and registering a tackle. 31 of those snaps were on pass plays and he did record two hurries according to Pro Football focus. The Giants used him at right end, left end, and at the three technique. He also dropped into coverage on one play on a zone blitz.

Travis Rudolph
1 Target, 0 Receptions
Rudolph played 23 offensive snaps and was only targeted on one pass. He played the slot most of the game. On his one target the Broncos brought a corner blitz from the man covering him. He recognized the hot route and turned to receive the pass, but it came in a little high and he couldn’t handle it. He did not take a special teams snaps.

Ed Eagan
1 punt return, 20 yards, 0 targets
Eagan played only six snaps on offense, but he was effective in 3 punt returns. He made no mistakes fielding the ball, and returned one for twenty yards.

Calvin Munson
2 tackles
Munson played 8 snaps on defense and 5 on special teams before having to leave the game with a quadriceps injury in the first half.