With the 2019 NFL season and fantasy football fast approaching, here’s our 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook for New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa.
When healthy, 27-year-old Quincy Enunwa, who was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and who just recently signed a four-year extension with the team, has proven to be a dangerous weapon.
Standing 6 ft. 2 in. tall and weighing in at around 225 lbs., Enunwa has the type of frame that makes him incredibly difficult to cover. Often times, he’s too physical and too big for linebackers while also being too fast and too explosive for some defensive backs. These traits make him extremely versatile and they’ve certainly helped him to succeed on the field.
In his time as a Jet, Enunwa has essentially played only three seasons despite being a member of the team for five years. After being drafted, the University of Nebraska product appeared in only one game in 2014 and didn’t record a single catch. Then in 2017, he missed the entire season due to injury.
In 2015, Enunwa appeared in 12 games and totaled 22 receptions for 315 yards and no touchdowns. 2016, however, proved to be a bit of a breakout year for him as he played in 16 games and brought in 58 receptions for 857 yards and four touchdowns. For the most part, Enunwa was healthy during that season which allowed him to put on display the type of potential he has.
On the contrary, though, last season wasn’t what Enunwa had hoped it would be as he returned from a season on the sidelines and appeared in just 11 games and brought in 38 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown. There are, however, reasons as to why it was a down year for the California native.
First and foremost, he once again dealt with injuries that forced him to spend a few weeks off the field. In addition, Enunwa felt as if he was held back by Jeremy Bates’ play calling and he was likely right. Bates, who never seemed suited for the job, was uncreative with his play calling and often used Enunwa as a screen receiver, which undoubtedly limited him.
Looking ahead, Enunwa’s success in 2019 will likely be determined by whether or not he can remain healthy because if he can remain on the field, he’ll be in a much better situation this year offensively. New head coach Adam Gase is expected to do wonders for the Jets offense and is expected to use Enunwa in a far more versatile way. Newly acquired running back Le’Veon Bell is also expected to open up the field for the receivers.
This should all lead to more success for Enunwa and Gase is well aware of what he has in the gritty wide receiver.
“I look at him like we have to get him the ball,” Gase said earlier this year via NewYorkJets.com. “I want to make sure we do a good job of giving him variety. I remember when we were about to play him, there was some frustrations coming out of him catching too many screens and the physical part of the game. We just want to make sure we do a good job of giving him the full gamut of route complements.
“At the same time, we have to find ways to get him the ball because he does have a unique ability to catch it and run with it.”
If that actually turns out to be the case, 2019 could turn out to be a big year for Enunwa, which could make him an attractive option for fantasy owners. He’s not quite a No. 1 wide receiver just yet and there’s always a bit of concern with him due to his injury history, but he could be a player to take a chance on.