Giants Camp Football

Former Hillgrove standout Evan Engram, who signed his rookie contract Thursday, is already garnering praise from teammates, including star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants signed first-round draft pick Evan Engram, the speedy tight end who coaches believe will be a tough matchup for opposing defenses.

The Giants announced the signing Thursday, shortly after the team finished a mandatory three-day minicamp. The Mississippi product and Hillgrove High School alum was the last of the team’s six draft picks to sign.

The 23rd pick overall, Engram got a four-year deal that will pay him just under $11 million.

Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants leading receiver the past three seasons, said that Engram can create the types of mismatches that will open things up for Eli Manning and the offense.

“He is a real hybrid,” Beckham said on the opening day of the minicamp. “If you put him out there (on the outside) — and you have a safety guard him that is going to be trouble.

“If you put him out there and you have a linebacker guard him that is going to be trouble and from what I have been hearing he has even tortured corners. So I am really looking forward to seeing him develop and how his game is going to evolve and just what he can bring to the table. I know he is a special talent.”

Engram had a breakout senior season, catching 65 passes for 926 yards and eight touchdowns. He opened eyes at the NFL combine, running a 4.42 second, 40-yard dash, one of the fastest times by any wide receiver or tight end.

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