As most know, Quincy Enunwa was sidelined for the entire 2017 season with a neck injury. He was most likely going to be the No. 1 receiver for Gang Green, and he was greatly missed. Fortunately, this allowed Robby Anderson to step up, and now he’s arose as a threat on the offense. But, allow me to remind you: Enunwa can ball.
Enunwa, who came into the league during the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft, was hidden in the shadows by Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall in 2015. As you may recall, Marshall posted record numbers during that season, and Decker played extremely well to go along with him. However, in 2016, Marshall and Decker both struggled, and Enunwa stepped up big time.
In 2016, Enunwa posted 857 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs. He nearly tripled his yardage numbers from the previous season, jumping from 315 yards to 857. His four touchdowns were the first four of his career. He played in all 16 games, starting in 13 of them. He reeled in 58 of his 105 targets.
Enunwa was a premier deep threat in 2016 as well. According to Pro Football Focus, Enunwa had the highest catch rate on deep passes in 2016, catching 80% of the deep balls thrown his way. He and Robby Anderson will combine to form an elite young receiving tandem, along with Jermaine Kearse.
Quincy Enunwa will be the Jets top target in 2017. He led the NFL in deep catch rate a season ago pic.twitter.com/Phk1hAqVgE
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 3, 2017
Where Will he Play?
After Enunwa’s devastating injury, the Jets acted quickly to beefen the wide receiver group, trading Sheldon Richardson to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Jermaine Kearse and a second round pick. The Jets were clear winners of that trade, as Richardson is now a member of the Vikings, and Jermaine Kearse posted career highs with 810 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Both Kearse and Enunwa play their best football from the slot, and it is up to Todd Bowles and Jeremy Bates to decide who plays where. Both have shown the ability to play on the outside as well as the slot, so wherever they are put on the field, expect a strong season from both of them.
Despite Kearse’s impressive year, Enunwa should have the upper hand in playing time. Both Kearse and Enunwa are due for an extension in 2019, and Enunwa is two years younger. The Jets could look to keep both of them to form a dynamic trio for the coming years.
Enunwa is not in full gear yet, but he is expected to be good to go for the season. His status for training camp is up in the air. Todd Bowles has said multiple times that he plans on taking it slow with Enunwa, to avoid further injury. He has looked impressive throughout OTA’s, and hopes to keep getting better and better while recovering from his injury.
Enunwa could be in store for a big 2018. Perhaps even bigger than his 2016 campaign. He knows he must prove he can still play well, especially on his contract year. He’s prepared to take the league by storm after having to sit out an entire season. Watch out, secondaries.