Quincy Enunwa injury will prove to be a body blow
By Jack Monaghan
Unfortunately for the New York Jets, they got hit with a devastating injury this offseason to wide receiver Quincy Enunwa. He’ll be out for the season and is a body blow to an already anemic offense.
After releasing Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker this offseason, the New York Jets came into training camp with an extremely young wide receiver corps. Quincy Enunwa was the only proven commodity on the depth chart and was expected to be the main target for whoever’s playing quarterback.
However, the Jets received a body blow with the news that Enunwa (who suffered a neck injury on Saturday in the team’s annual Green & White scrimmage game) will undergo surgery and is going to miss the entire 2017 season.
With Enunwa gone, the Jets have officially hit the depths of ineptitude. None of their wide receivers on their roster even have 1,000 career receiving yards (the closest being Marquess Wilson with 777) and combined they have just nine career touchdowns. When Wilson, whom the Jets signed off the scrap heap back in July, is your most polished receiver, it’s a sign that your team has a major talent issue.
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Even with a healthy Enunwa, the Jets receiving corps was one of the worst in the NFL. Now with the fourth year pro on injured reserve, they could be the worst of all time.
Only time will tell if this Jets offense will find itself in the record books of futility but they appear on paper to be an awful group with very little standout talent.
With question marks at quarterback, uncertainty on the offensive line and no proven or reliable playmakers at wide receiver and tight end, the Jets look poised to make a run being the worst offense of all time. When healthy, Matt Forte and Bilal Powell are both above average running backs, but the NFL is a passing league and your run game can only take you so far.
It will now be an open competition for the top receiver spot, and rookies such as Ardarius Stewart and Chad Hansen may be forced to contribute earlier than expected. Guys like Chris Harper and Gabe Marks have turned some heads with a few impressive performances in camp and may have a better chance of now landing a roster spot.
But with Marks and Harper, you’re again relying on guys who have never proven anything at the NFL level and may not be capable of getting the job done. You could make the argument that Enunwa was going to be one of the most important pieces to this roster given the rest of the talent behind him, and losing him is a detrimental blow that the Jets aren’t equipped to rebound from. It will now be up to the rest of the offense, especially the quarterbacks, to make the best of a bad situation in which they will be up against it every time they step on the field.
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