5 overrated offensive players heading into NFL free agency

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Free agency target Evan Engram

Evan Engram exploded onto the scene as a rookie tight end, and he looked like the next big thing for the Giants. He combined great athleticism and good receiving ability to become a big target for New York’s offense. He has yet to achieve the same highs that he did as a rookie though, and now he enters free agency with more questions to a team than potential answers.

While Engram can still be an efficient receiver, injuries have limited his effectiveness on the field there. While he will stretch a defense, he lacks the same exposition that he entered into the league with. As well, his scoring has regressed in a major way. After scoring six times as a rookie, Engram has only found the end zone 11 times over the past four seasons.

While Engram flashed his earlier potential during a healthy 2020 season, he followed it up with a lackluster 2021 campaign. He can be a fine offensive threat, but he isn’t the game-changing receiver that George Kittle or Travis Kelce are. If he is added with the expectation that he will be a contributor on offense, not a vocal point, he should be fine. That said, he will likely want top dollar for his services.

What Engram brings to an offense is very reminiscent of Eric Enron from a few seasons ago. Both are fine receivers who can’t block, but their threat as receivers was vastly overrated. If Engram is added on a reasonable deal into an offense flush with other weapons, it should be a fine move. Unfortunately, it seems like Engram may fetch top dollar for an offense expecting an X factor.