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Former NY Jets WR jokes about coming back as a kicker

By Kristen Wong
NY Jets, Quincy Enunwa
NY Jets, Quincy Enunwa / Joe Robbins/GettyImages
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The NY Jets' kicker woes continued in Week 13's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and one ex-Jets player has graciously offered to fill in for the position.

Alex Kessman, who replaced Matt Ammendola, made his NFL kicker debut on Sunday and immediately missed his first two extra point attempts against Philly.

Replacing Ammendola made sense, since Ammendola was completing just 68.4 percent of his field goal attempts. However, Kessman started his career on the wrong foot, and many fans were left disappointed yet again as New York failed to convert the easy points.

In the wake of Kessman's struggles, former Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa offered his services as a potential replacement kicker this season.

The comment section is a hoot. One Twitter user emphatically tells Enunwa, "Do it! Kickers can play into their 40s."

Another says, "You literally cannot do worse than what we saw today."

Quincy Enunwa played for the Jets from 2014 to 2019, hauling in 119 catches for 1,617 receiving yards along with five touchdowns.

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The wideout was drafted by New York in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but after a breakout year in 2016, injuries sabotaged Enunwa's career.

A neck injury sidelined him for most of the 2017 season, and when Enunwa returned in 2018 during the Sam Darnold era, he suffered a high-ankle sprain that caused him to miss more time. Finally he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis which served as the final nail in his coffin.

In August of 2020, the Jets released Enunwa just two years into his four-year, $34 million extension.

Basically forced into early retirement, the 28-year-old hung up his boots. He has since interacted with Jets fans on Twitter telling them he misses the team, and that if he could play again, he would.

Enunwa was clearly joking about re-joining the team as a kicker, but the Jets' kicker problems are very, very real.

New York recently signed ex-Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro to their active roster, and if he suits up for a game, he would be the seventh Jets kicker since 2019.

In the last two years, New York's field goal and extra point conversion rate rank 31st and 32nd in the league, respectively.

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Enunwa's heart is still in the right place, but unfortunately he can't help New York much as a kicker. Head coach Robert Saleh and the team will have to figure that out on their own.

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