The pass-catching TE practiced on Tuesday after missing his third straight game due to a knee injury. Engram hopes he can return this week versus the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football and help light a fire under a dormant passing offense.
Engram appeared close to a return last week, but with the game Thursday, Big Blue decided to keep him out another game.
In the first three games of the season, Engram compiled 10 receptions for 104 yards and a score before leaving early in the team's Week 3 win over Houston.
With Manning's propensity to throw quickly and short behind a laboring offensive line, adding a playmaker like Engram, who can take a short dump off a long way, would be beneficial. Engram's pass-catching ability should also help attract defenders, opening more opportunities for teammates like running back Saquon Barkley in the passing game.
Facing an injury-ravaged Falcons defense that ranks 30th in total yards allowed and 31st in scoring allowed, if Big Blue can't move the ball this week even Manning's most ardent supporters might turn on the QB.