There wasn't much to critique when looking back at Giants TE Evan Engram's rookie season. He was one of Eli Manning's top targets as he hauled in 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns, which earned him a spot on the PFWA's All-Rookie Team.
But no one is perfect, and Engram knows there is an area of his game he can improve on. Though he led all rookie tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns, he could have more in each category if he didn't drop 11 passes.
Engram's catch rate was 55 percent last season, and that is what he is working on in preparing for this year. It already began during the team's offseason workouts.
"That was just a mindset thing. I wanted to have zero drops all spring," Engram told The Athletic's Dan Duggan. "I knew what I was doing wrong. I knew how to fix it. I knew how to improve on it. So it was just a learning experience. I have the utmost confidence in myself."
He knows exactly why drops were an issue last year as well.
"You get in the groove and then you start wanting to make moves after the catch and start getting a little bit too confident and a little bit too comfortable. Stuff like that kind of needs to happen for us as players to be able to take a step back like, 'OK, let me get back to where it all started.' "
If entirely healthy, the Giants' weapons in the passing game can be dangerous. Engram realizes he is a key cog in the Giants' offense making a turnaround this season, and now with a season in the books, he believes the game has slowed down for him. That wasn't the case at this point last year as he tried to learn a brand new system.
"The game has slowed down a lot," he said. "And that's allowing me to kind of dig deeper into my bag of route techniques, or getting open and being able to focus more on the run game andgetting stronger and just getting more comfortable out there. Last year, I kind of was, head was on a swivel a lot, the game was so fast and I wasn't used to it.
"But just having a year under my belt and kind of getting thrown into some tough situations last year definitely helps slow the game down and allowed me to kind of focus on a lot of the little things and enhance my talents to be a better player."
Engram was already a great player last season, and if he make this slight adjustment to hold onto eveyr target coming his way, it will be interesting to see what his stat line reads in his second year.