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Two rookies that need to step up in absence of Enunwa

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Chad Hansen #6 of the California Golden Bears reacts after running in for touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal at California Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Chad Hansen #6 of the California Golden Bears reacts after running in for touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal at California Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have placed Quincy Enunwa on injured reserve, and two rookies will have to step up big time in his absence.

The New York Jets expected Quincy Enunwa to take the next step in his development and move into the role of No. 1 receiver this season. Those plans will have to be on hold after he suffered a neck injury during seven-on-seven drills on Saturday. Two players whom the Jets drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft will have to step up in his absence.

The first is Chad Hansen. Most people would think this one goes to ArDarius Stewart, but Hansen is a better compliment to Robby Anderson, who will most likely be the other starter.

He’s a possession receiver with similar skills to Enunwa. Having the speed guy on one side to take the top off the defense and the possession guy on the other is a perfect balance. According to Hansen’s NFL.com Draft Profile:

He has average separation quickness when asked to work the first two levels, but he has the hands and strength to handle contested catch situations.

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The other rookie that’s probably going to need more on his plate than originally anticipated in will be rookie tight end Jordan Leggett.

The Jets have had a gaping hole at the tight end position for a long time, and they will probably need to run a lot of 12 personnel when Austin Seferian-Jenkins returns.

With that said, Leggett with have the first two weeks to shine. He was drafted to be one of the go-to-guys anyway. They’re just going to have to rely on him more than they thought. He has the potential to gain 1,000 yards as a rookie if the Jets play their cards right.

The combination of Hansen, Anderson, ASJ, and Leggett could be a dangerous receiving group. Hansen and Leggett will have to step for this team to be successful.

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