Evan Engram
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After missing the past three games due to an MCL sprain, the New York Giants are hopeful that tight end Evan Engram will make his return Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY—The New York Giants may receive a much-needed boost heading into their Monday night showdown with the Atlanta Falcons as tight end Evan Engram is on track to make his return to the starting lineup.

Engram suffered an MCL sprain to his right knee on September 23rd in the Giants 27-22 victory over the Houston Texans and hasn’t played since.

Engram was back on the practice field on Tuesday and spoke with the media afterward on how he feels.

“I feel really good,” Engram proclaimed. “Today was a really good day. Went out there and made sure I got warm and stuff and was running around and going as fast as I can go and making all the cuts and doing everything I can do to block, so it felt good. Still got a lot of time, good amount of days until game time, so very probable and I feel really good about going into and the rest of this week.”

Engram may not be the only tight end making his return against the Falcons as Rhett Ellison who missed the Giants 34-13 loss to the Eagles was also back on the practice field on Tuesday.

Pat Shurmur seemed optimistic that he’ll have his top two tight ends on Monday night.

“We are hopeful they’ll be back and ready to roll on Monday.”

Having Engram and Ellison would be a huge plus for the Giants as they will need all of the offensive firepower they can get to match a Falcons offense that’s averaging 27.8 points per game which is the ninth most in the NFL.

In other news

Rookie defensive end R.J. McIntosh practiced for the first time since joining the team in May, but he remains on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Wide receiver Cody Latimer (hamstring) and linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (concussion) were put on injured reserve. Latimer caught six passes for 108 yards and was leading the team in average yards per reception (18.0 yards) and Armstrong was seventh on the team in tackles (20)

The Giants signed receiver Bennie Fowler and promoted him and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe to their active roster. The team also added receiver Kalif Raymond and defensive end Myles Humphrey to their practice squad.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.