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Evan Engram running out of time to change his Giants narrative

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Evan Engram knows everyone wants more.
The questions are these: How much more? And is he capable of delivering?

Will Engram ever be able to give Giants fans what they want from their talented fifth-year tight end (which is production somewhere between Mark Bavaro and Travis Kelce)?

Is this fair to Engram?

Maybe not.

But his production through his first four NFL seasons has neither aligned with his talent level nor the place in which selected in the 2017 draft, 23rd overall.

Engram’s career average of 54 receptions and 11.2 yards per catch and a total of just 13 TDs have left Giants fans wanting for more. Those are hardly awful numbers, but there always seems to be something missing from Engram.

He’s a nice player who appears to have the skills to be a dominant player. This, to date, has been the narrative of Engram’s career. It’s an annoying narrative and one that he’d desperately like to change in 2021.

Engram, who’s universally lauded by teammates and coaches for his hard work, does what he can to block out the outside noise, but it’s only human nature for it to gnaw at him.

Evan Engram
Evan Engram
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“I’m definitely not listening to all that stuff,’’ he said this week at training camp. “All the opinions I care about are in this building and my family, and I’m working really hard each and every day to attack each day and attack the 24 hours I have.

“I’m in this building 24 hours every day,’’ he went on. “Every day, I have a job to do, every day I have something to attack, something to get better at. I’m not worried about yesterday, I’m not worried about last year, I’m focused on going ahead.’’

He may not listen to the outside world, but there’s little doubt that Engram hears it.

“There’s always external pressure and external expectations,’’ Giants coach Joe Judge said. “We have to keep our focus very narrow and keep it on the present. We can’t do anything about six months from now. We have to go day-by-day, so the expectation is come to work every day, do your job the best you can, be detailed in how you work and put yourself in a good position.

“The one thing I’ll say with Evan, I’ve always noticed from day one, is this guy comes to work and does everything that’s asked of him [and] he does it with a positive attitude,’’ Judge continued. “He’s a guy we have a lot of expectations for internally. He’s a guy that we rely on for a lot of things. He brings a lot of leadership to our team. He’s someone that the team knows him through how he works and prepares that they can rely on. He’s a positive influence on our locker room.

“In terms of any kind of projections and what someone can do, we can all do our jobs better.’’

Part of what has held Engram back and kept him from producing top-of-the-league numbers instead of the middle-of-the-road numbers he has produced is his health. Until last season, he had a hard time staying on the field at times. In 2018, he missed five games to injury. In 2019, he missed half the season.

Engram finally played a full 16-game season in 2020. Though his production was solid, it didn’t stand out.

There were still too many dropped passes. The most egregious came in a pivotal 22-21 loss at Philadelphia, in which he let a perfect Daniel Jones third-down pass slip through his hands while wide open for a TD. The Giants were leading 21-16 at the time, just before the two-minute warning. If Engram had made that catch, he likely would have iced the game for the Giants.

Engram tied his rookie season high of 11 dropped passes in 2020. In 2018 and 2019, Engram dropped only six passes combined, but he played a total of only 19 games in that span.

Engram was fourth in the league among tight ends last year in number of targets with 109. So, it’s not as if he’s not getting the ball. Opportunities to make big plays are there. Yet he scored only one receiving TD in 2020. His receptions-per-target rate was just 57.8 last season, which is too low.

“He’s definitely difficult to match up against, because he’s in between a receiver and tight end, so he gives safeties and linebackers a problem because he’s so athletic and he gives cornerbacks problems because he’s so big and strong,’’ Giants cornerback James Bradberry said.

“He’s a tough, tough, tough guard for sure,’’ Giants safety Xavier McKinney said. “Man, he’s fast, he’s strong, he can run routes, he can catch, so he can do it all.’’

Will this be the year Engram finally does it all, fulfilling his potential and silencing the grumbling Giants fans?

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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