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Jets Receiver Quincy Enunwa Is Ready To Take Off

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Can Quincy Enunwa Weather The Storm For The Repolished Jets?

Immediately gone are two bona fide targets for whoever is named the team’s starting quarterback. For the time being, I’ll give the leg up to Josh McCown. Enter Quincy Enunwa, the 2014 sixth-rounder out of Nebraska. Last season, he amassed 857 yards on 58 catches and four touchdowns.

There haven’t been bigger departures this offseason quite like that of the New York Jets. Superstar Wide Receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker have gone on to greener pastures after being released. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had his contract voided as well. Decker joined the Tennessee Titans, Marshall joined the New York Giants, and Fitzpatrick is fighting for the backup spot behind Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay.

Enunwa fell just one target shy of 100 passes being sent his way, only 22 fewer than Brandon Marshall on 30 fewer snaps across the season. Additionally, he broke nine more tackles after the catch than any other Jets receiver (13). Quincy received 26% of the team’s targets last year. Brandon Marshall had 32% of the team’s targets last season.


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The 2016 NFL season was critical in gauging the value of depth in their young receivers. Cherone Peake, Robby Anderson, and Enunwa relished in their opportunities and both are now considered the leaders of that core. Quincy ran most of his snaps from the slot (428 snaps from the slot last season compared to 111 outside and 28 inline).

He has shown that he is more effective on the outside. He ranked 32nd among 54 qualifying receivers by averaging 1.22 yards per route run from the slot last season. When he jumped to the outside that average shot all the way up to 2.65 yards per route run.

There is a glimmer of hope that he will thrive in his new role as the team’s go-to receiver. Quincy’s numbers have gone up with each and every season as his usage increased. He’s shown that he’s not only a possession-type receiver but also a guy who can get past defenders in a hurry and beat you deep.

Enunwa lead all 78 qualified receivers with an 80.0 catch rate on passes traveling at least 20 yards in the air. He was targeted 10 times on deep passes and reeled in eight of them for 278 yards and a touchdown.


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The Jets have added Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett, and Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen to the fold. They will compete from day 1 for playing time.

Enunwa is the next big thing to take over New York.