The New York Jets have a physical pass-catcher in Quincy Enunwa, and new head coach Adam Gase wants to make the most of his talents.
NFL wide receivers come in all shapes, sizes and skill sets, and every group would be thrilled to have one with the frame and physical playing style of Jets starter Quincy Enunwa.
Listed at 6-2, 225 pounds, Enunwa looks more like a running back when he’s breaking tackles after the catch in the secondary.
While that trait is something that stood out to Gase when his Miami Dolphins were trying to defend him over the past few years, the Jets’ new head coach also wants Enunwa to be judicious in how much contact he allows his body to absorb (via team reporter Olivia Landis):
It’s a fine line with him. He is a physical player, he’s a big man. When he gets to the secondary, he’s a tough guy to bring down. We were on opposite teams last year and he carried about 12 guys on his back for about 10 yards. At some point, you’d like him to go down. When you know it’s getting too many (hits), just going down and saving yourself for the next play because we’re going to need him.
After only appearing in one game as a rookie in 2014, Enunwa developed into a productive player for the Gang Green over the past three seasons, catching 118 passes for 1,621 yards and five touchdowns.
He enters the 2019 season as the likely starter on the outside opposite Robby Anderson, with new free-agent addition Jamison Crowder projected to start in the slot.
On paper, the Jets have one of the more intriguing offenses in the league heading into the 2019 season, with second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and big-ticket free agent Le’Veon Bell lining up in the backfield and stealing most of the headlines. But Enunwa and the rest of the Jets receiving corps should put up impressive numbers this year as the Jets try to return to the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade.
If Enunwa can balance his physicality with staying healthy for the entire season, he should put up the best numbers of his career in 2019.