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Quincy Enunwa needs to step up for Jets after Decker injury

Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) catches the ball during pre game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) catches the ball during pre game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets got unfortunate news with the season-ending injury to Eric Decker. This is the perfect time for Quincy Enunwa to step up and deliver.

This is the opportunity that wide receiver Quincy Enunwa has been looking, for now, he must step up in becoming an elite receiver for the New York Jets. He could be one of the main reasons the Jets can turn things around at a time they need it most.

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Now that Eric Decker has officially been placed on the injured reserve for a torn labrum, the Jets will look  for a new No. 2 receiver. The person will have some big shoes to fill because Decker was a workhorse along with Brandon Marshall.

The person that could be an excellent No. 2 is Enunwa. He has stepped up these past few weeks but now that Decker is officially out, he is going to have to be more productive going forward. Enunwa has the physical traits of being an excellent player.

Enunwa is built as a middle linebacker who is playing as a wide receiver which is unheard of in the NFL. Enunwa is 6’2″ and weights in at 225. Last season in his rookie year, he played 12 games and in those games, he totaled 22 receptions for a total of 315 yards and worked hard every single play. He is a very physical runner after the catch that opponents have trouble in bringing him down. He will be tested this Monday night against a very good Cardinals secondary.

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This is the opportunity that he has been waiting for and now he just has to go out there and produce. The mindset of Enunwa has to change because 90 percent of the time he will be on the field.

When his number is called, he must step up to the plate and make things happen. With all eyes on Marshall, it’s time for Enunwa to showcase his skills in front of the national audience.

If you try to compare Decker and Enunwa, Decker needs to show him the little moves he does in order to get open. He needs to pick Decker’s mind to find out how he could improve his game even more.

The offensive production from Decker has doubled each year which is hard to do. This season thus far, Decker was having a productive season as he had 10 catches for 194 yards in total offense. His biggest game was against the Buffalo Bills when he and Enunwa were the main targets in the game.

Enunwa will have to work for every yard and not be afraid of being a leader for this very young receiver core. This is a chance for the organization to see his full potential and not just when playing behind Pro Bowl players like Marshall and Decker. A lot more pressure will be put on the shoulders of the receivers but not as much as Enunwa and Marshall.

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Overall, this opportunity for Enunwa is a big step for his young career in the NFL. He has a chance now to become a true-born leader that could hopefully fix the struggling offense of the Jets. This also could spark a fire under the rest of the team to get them motivated to play better as a group. Enunwa will need to grow up quick and understand he will be relied upon on a lot from here on out. Let’s hope and see what he can bring to the table as he will need to fill big shoes with Decker out for the year.

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