EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants entered training camp excited about their collection of offensive ballhandlers that included Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Evan Engram. But when Engram was placed on injured reserve today, it not only ended his season, it guaranteed that the team will not play one game this year with all four of them on the field at the same time.
Engram, the third-year tight end, missed the previous five games with a foot injury. He at one point seemed close to returning to the field, but the injury didn't sufficiently improve, and the Giants decided he would not be well enough to return to the field this season.
Wide receiver David Sills was signed off the practice squad to take Engram's place on the roster.
Tackle Nate Wozniak was signed to the practice squad.
Engram, the Giants' first-round draft choice in 2017, played in eight games, one year after injuries limited him to 11 games. He caught 44 passes for 467 yards and three touchdowns.
In the Giants' season opener in Dallas, Engram finished with career-high totals of 11 receptions for 116 yards, including a one-yard touchdown. Two weeks later, in the team's first victory at Tampa Bay, he caught six passes for 113 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown on a throw from Daniel Jones that was the longest by a tight end in Giants history.
Engram missed the Oct. 10 Thursday night game in New England with a knee injury, returned to play in the next three games, but hurt his foot against Dallas on Nov. 4.
Sills, 6-3 and 211 pounds, has spent the entire season on the Giants' practice squad. He has not played in an NFL regular-season game, but is now eligible to debut on Sunday, when the Giants will be in Washington.
The Buffalo Bills signed Sills as a rookie free agent on May 9 and waived him on Aug. 31. In three seasons (2015, 2017-18) at West Virginia University, Sills caught 132 passes for 2,097 yards and 32 touchdowns. He spent the 2016 season as a quarterback at El Camino Community College, where he completed 127 of 237 passes for 1,636 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Upon his return to West Virginia, Sills was a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection. In 2018, he ranked second in the country with 15 touchdown receptions and totaled 986 yards on 65 catches.
Wozniak, 6-10 and 280 pounds from the University of Minnesota, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2018, when the spent the entire season on their practice squad. He was briefly with the Minnesota Vikings this summer and did short stints on the practice squads of the Atlanta Falcons and the Saints.
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