NY Jets wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Josh Bellamy have reportedly been ruled out for the entirety of the 2020 season with serious injuries.
The NY Jets have reportedly placed both Quincy Enunwa and Josh Bellamy on the reserve/PUP list decimating the team’s wide receiver depth in the process. And both injuries could signal the end of each of their Jets careers — or perhaps their NFL careers.
Enunwa had essentially missed two of the last three seasons with two separate neck injuries leaving his future uncertain for much of the offseason. General manager Joe Douglas was noticeably cautious when discussing Enunwa’s future role on the team.
And now we see why.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news and he also reiterated that both injuries were indeed season-ending. This doesn’t come as a serious surprise, but it is a significant blow to the Jets’ offense.
Simply put, this sucks.
Enunwa was, at one point, one of the most promising young receivers in the NFL. He burst on to the scene in 2016 hauling in 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, a neck injury suffered in the 2017 offseason would force him to miss the entirety of that year.
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But he came back strong in 2018 playing in 11 games once again putting up respectable numbers. However, a subsequent neck injury suffered in Week 1 of the 2019 season may have been the final blow.
Enunwa will still be under contract — a hefty, guarantee-filled extension he signed back in 2018. The Jets may only get to see Enunwa play one game on that four-year, $36 million contract with over $20 million in guarantees.
And that’s simply a shame.
The Bellamy news comes as more of a surprise given that things remained pretty quiet on his injury issues. The veteran special-teamer was placed on the injured reserve in November of last year with a shoulder injury and the assumption is that that’s what will keep him out this season.
Nonetheless, it seems safe to say that his brief Jets career is officially over.
The Jets are now left with a barren wide receiver depth chart featuring the likes of Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman, and rookie Denzel Mims in starting roles. Already an underwhelming starting trio, the depth behind them is even more worrisome.
It was always going to be a longshot that Enunwa played in 2020. This recent news is simply the tragic confirmation that most were expecting.
If this is the end of Quincy Enunwa’s career, we will always be left with the tale of what could’ve been.
And there often is no more depressing narrative.