With Evan Engram expected to miss a couple of weeks, the New York Giants signed tight end Garrett Dickerson off their practice squad.
The New York Giants win over the Houston Texans on Sunday was a costly one as tight end Evan Engram sprained the MCL in his right knee. The injury occurred when he was hit low by Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson while running down the left sideline after he made his lone catch of the game.
Engram is listed as week to week, but he’s expected to miss a few games. It usually takes weeks for an MCL sprain to recover.
Rhett Ellison will likely start in Engram’s place, but to add depth to the tight end position the Giants signed Garrett Dickerson off their practice squad.
The Giants signed Dickerson as a rookie free agent on June 4. He was then waived on Sept. 1 and signed to the practice squad the following day.
Dickerson is familiar with the area having played at Bergen Catholic High School which is just 13 miles from MetLife Stadium where he set school tight end records with 52 catches, 776 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 244-pound tight end then went on to play for the Northwestern Wildcats where he appeared in 49 games and caught 87 passes for 887 yards, and nine touchdowns. As a senior in 2017, he played in 13 games and was selected honorable mention All-Big Ten after recording career highs in receptions (37) and yards (401). He scored four touchdowns, one fewer than the career best he set in 2016.
To make room for Dickerson wide receiver/ punt returner Kaelin Clay was waived due to an ankle injury. Clay sprained his ankle in the Giants 20-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 16.
Expect Dickerson to be active this Sunday when the Giants take on the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium.