Maybe Odell Beckham Jr. is staying away from non-contact* practices because of their non-contact* nature.

That’s one of the potential takeaways from comments produced Friday by the Giants regarding first-round rookie tight end Evan Engram. Engram comes to the NFL with a reputation for being a subpar blocker. He knows it, and the Giants know it.

“That’s one of, I guess people would call a downfall under my game,” Engram said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

Instead of accepting the fact that, like so many other pass-catching tight ends, Engram is there to run routes and catch footballs, the Giants seem determined to make Engram into a blocking tight end. Engram seems determined to oblige.

“I’m willing to show my worth in that aspect and I think if I really become great in that aspect of the game and be a force with that I’ll just be a better all-around player,” Engram said, and he’s right. As recently explained regarding the return to relevance of Marcedes Lewis in Jacksonville, a tight end who can both block and catch helps the offense conceal its intentions before the snaps.

And given the non-contact* nature of offseason workouts, the process of Engram improving his blocking should begin in earnest during training camp, when real blocking can occur. But some sort of blocking appears to have already begun.