TE Evan Engram
Media Availability, April 26, 2018
Q: Do you have a feeling that this is kind of a clean slate?
A: I wouldn’t say that. It’s just a new year, new opportunity. We got to start workouts a little early and get a minicamp in and just kind of get the new offense going. It’s just another opportunity for us to attack the offseason, so it’s been real smooth, but it’s just a good opportunity to get better and correct some things.
Q: Coach Shurmur said he was happy about the chemistry that you guys developed early. Do you see that?
A: Oh, definitely. It’s definitely a process. We’re just diving into this playbook and just getting things going, but we came out here and we competed together, we had fun together, we kept guys injury free, so it was definitely a good three days of working together and starting to put this thing together.
Q: What are you focused on this offseason?
A: Just becoming more of an all-around player and honing in on some details. Last year I was kind of a deer in headlights and was just out there running around. I was able to do some good things and have some things to work on, but this year the game is starting to slow down. I’m just able to work on small things and be more of an all-around player – blocking and receiving and even leadership.
Q: What do you think of the offense so far?
A: Just from what we started out on, I’m really excited about it. Just the different binds and different things that we can do against defenses with the talent we have and just the success that Coach Shurmur has had with the system, I am very excited about it. From what we put together these last three days, even just from starting to get into it I think it could be really good for us.
Q: You worked out a lot with Davis Webb this offseason. What did you learn about him from those days?
A: Davis has been the same Davis since he came in. Just working with him and then here and just talking with him. Literally since day one he has been in the meeting room and diving in the playbook and he knew the offense two or three weeks before we even started. I’ve just been picking his brain and being around him, he’s one of my good friends and we always hang out, but it’s kind of tough. We’re trying to go eat dinner and he’s up here until 7, 8 o’clock in the office studying. The dude just worked his butt off this offseason and he’s just trying to prove himself and learn from Eli and just kind of be the Davis that he came in as.
Q: How close are you with former high school teammate and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb?
A: We’ll pretty close. He came to me for advice on coming back for his senior year a year ago. He was kind of in a bind there and asked me some things I’ve went through and I’ve just always been keeping up with him through the season and definitely been kind of a mentor through this draft process. He’s killed it, he’s done really well and I’ve just been keeping up with him. I texted him this morning, wished him good luck and I told him to enjoy today.
Q: Can you envision Chubb coming to the Giants?
A: We’ll see, we’ll see. It definitely would be cool, definitely would be exciting, to just be able to play with him again. But anything can happen tonight and just going to have to wait and see.
Q: You guys can recreate your high school rivalry, right?
A: Yeah, I was actually talking to [linebacker] Alec [Ogletree] about it this morning, we were talking about some high school ball. So, that definitely would be pretty fun.
Q: What is today like for a first round pick, from what you remember from last year?
A: It’s honestly pretty weird. Just how kind of scary how fast time flies. It’s kind of weird being on the opposite end and actually being a part of a team and kind of being able to sit back and wait and watch who’s going to join us and who’s going to go on this journey with us. So, it’s pretty cool, it’s pretty cool from a different perspective.
Q: What was your advice to Chubb?
A: I just told him to enjoy every second of today. I appreciated every minute of it. I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was by far one of the best days of my life and I told him just to enjoy every second of today and just savor the moment.
Q: Do you have goals yet for this year for yourself?
A: I do, I do. But right now, it’s just working with the team and getting better. I’m in the weight room getting stronger and just trying to learn this offense and get this chemistry going in the locker room.
Q: Can you envision this offense with a guy like former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley?
A: I mean, we’ll see. Definitely, Saquon is a great player and he’s going to help whatever team he goes to, he’s going to be a tremendous player. So, definitely wherever he goes, he’s going to be a great asset for an offense, but we’ll just have to wait and see where he lands.