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Giants TE Engram motivated by dropped passes

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June 19, 2018 at 11:10 am.

Dec 17, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 17, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram says he’s driven by the passes he dropped last season.

Engram, in fact, admitted to being haunted by the Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins in which he had a pair of costly drops on third down. The 23-year-old had 11 drops last season, the most by any player at his position.

“That was just a mindset thing. I wanted to have zero drops all spring,” the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Engram said, via The Athletic. “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. It’s definitely something that (ticks) me off a little bit, but I feel like that’s a good thing. So I never lost my confidence. It just kind of humbled me a little bit and allowed me to get back to the basics and be more consistent. …

“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.'”

Engram led all NFL rookie tight ends in receptions (64), receiving yards (722) and touchdowns (six) in 15 games last season after being selected with the 23rd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.