Through seven games of the 2016 NFL season, Quincy Enunwa has been the New York Jets best offensive player. We looked at Enunwa’s unique game in the offseason but the strides he has taken in one season have been even bigger than his largest fans (like this website) could have anticipated. Let’s take a closer look at the variety of ways the Jets have utilized him and what he brings to the team’s offense…
Enunwa was primarily used as the Jets H-Back last season. He thrived as a blocker and showed potential in the passing game but was limited by inconsistent route running and hands. Both of those issues have been cleaned up substantially as he has become the team’s most reliable receiver, while not losing any of his ability to create after the catch and block. I don’t think anybody could have projected that Enunwa would be a more efficient and equally as productive receiver as Brandon Marshall at this point of the year.
- Marshall: 30 receptions, 68 targets, 44%, 472 yards, 2 TDs.
- Enunwa: 32 receptions, 49 targets, 65%, 409 yards, 2 TDs
Instead of struggling as a body catcher, Enunwa has begun to snatch the football out of the air and display more confidence in his hands, along with high pointing the football in jump ball situations.
The Jets still primarily use Enunwa in the slot or as the H-Back but he has taken on more traditional wide receiver duties this year in the absence of Eric Decker. Enunwa has up-leveled his route running precision to help make this transition more seamless. This is a perfectly run jerk route, followed a well executed speed out against press coverage, where Enunwa doesn’t lose his route stem because of his physicality.
Enunwa’s top traits remain his versatility and ability to run after the catch. Simply put, he is extremely difficult to tackle and runs angry. He is the type of player who needs touches manufactured for him because he can create something out of nothing and always generates extra yards. The Jets use a smart screen design in the second GIF (with Enunwa at RB) to get him in space. They need to do substantially more of this to free him up.
Despite his progress as a playmaker, the Jets still lean on Enunwa regularly as a blocker out of the H-Back position which is where he did most of his damage in 2015. He still is frequently utilized in motion from this spot for kick out blocks and occasionally as a lead blocker or a de facto fullback.
Not only has Enunwa been the team’s most efficient receiver, he is also best tight end/lead blocker. This is both a function of his talent/versatility and of the Jets lacking any capable Y tight ends.
Halfway through his third season, it appears the Jets found an absolute steal in the 6th round from Nebraska (#IDZIK). The team would be wise to proactively get ahead of extending his contract this offseason so he gets nowhere near hitting the market. In the meantime, could you imagine his production with a big armed, consistent quarterback?
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