The New York Jets have high expectations for franchise quarterback Sam Darnold heading into his second season, and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa is no exception.
The Jets traded up three spots to land Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, finally giving them the blue-chip passer the franchise has lacked for years.
After an up-and-down rookie season that featured plenty of flashes and some expected rookie lumps, Darnold is primed for a breakout campaign in 2019, and Enunwa can’t wait to see what his quarterback can do as a sophomore:
— Olivia Landis (@livlandisjets) May 6, 2019
I’m looking forward to this year. I think that he’s going to be a lot better than he was last year. He’s got a year under his belt, he’s got his mistakes under his belt. You look at just his first game, he was able to make a mistake on the first play and then go out there and play a great game.
“I think he’s one of those guys that’s a quick learner and he’s going to show this year that he’s going to pick up the new offense and still be able to perform,” said Enunwa.
While Darnold is an impressive talent, Enunwa knows he and his pass-catching teammates have a shared responsibility in their quarterback’s success, including helping with the acclimation to a new playbook under head coach Adam Gase:
This one there’s a few things that we kind of have to make sure that we’re paying attention to because we’re also helping the quarterback out. It’s good. It kind of forces us to really know not just what we’re doing, but what everybody else is doing, as well as what the defense is doing.
Injuries have kept Enunwa from reaching his full potential over the past few seasons, but with the addition of dynamic free agents like Le’Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder, the Jets offense should be ready to take their game to the next level behind a developing franchise passer like Darnold.