NY Jets: 5 tight ends to target at the trade deadline

NY Jets, O.J. Howard
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NY Jets, Evan Engram
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1. NY Jets trade target: Evan Engram, NY Giants

Another high-upside former first-round pick who has never quite reached expectations is Evan Engram. The 23rd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Engram was drafted just a few picks after O.J. Howard.

Engram has flashed his upside in the NFL including in a Pro Bowl campaign a year ago, albeit in a season in which he led all tight ends in drops.

And that right there has always been Engram's biggest issue. He lacks consistency.

At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, few tight ends to ever play the sport have the blend of size and athleticism that Engram possesses. He truly is a wide receiver in a tight end's body.

Unfortunately, his issues with drops and his deficiencies as a blocker have held him back. But that doesn't mean he isn't still a good player.

The NY Giants are still very much in a rebuilding phase and might be looking to start over at the tight end position. Truth be told, it's probably in the best interest of both parties to go their separate ways.

But with the Jets looking for receiving upside at the tight end position, Engram might be worth exploring in a trade.

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Much like Hurst and Howard, he would need to be re-signed in the offseason. But Engram is still young enough, having just turned 27-years-old, for him to be a part of the team's future as well as their present.