Quincy Enunwa was the New York Jets best offensive player in 2016. He unfortunately followed it by missing an entire year with a neck injury. Enunwa is expected to return 100% this training camp but will be coming back to a new Offensive Coordinator and a unit featuring two receivers who went over 800 yards last season, including rising star Robby Anderson, the team’s best offensive player in 2017. Fortunately for Enunwa, one of the strengths of his game is his versatility. Here is an overview the different roles he can play within an NFL offense…
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Enunwa received his first major playing time in the NFL during the 2015 season, predominantly thanks to his ability to slide inside and function as a blocker on plays like this. At 6’2, 225 pounds, Enunwa was regularly able to hold his own at the line of scrimmage and also effectively time up his cut blocks.
Despite his size, Enunwa has 4.4 speed making him an extremely difficult matchup for safeties and linebackers. After being utilized as a blocker at the H-Back position the Jets were able to regularly attack the middle of the field utilizing Enunwa on a variety of seam and crossing routes or even shovel/screen passes. The Jets can play Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor on the outside at traditional receiver alignments with Enunwa as a hybrid blocking/receiving weapon at H-Back if they are looking for a personnel group heavy on speed and height.
Slot, Decoy Receiver
With his size, speed and strength, Enunwa can function as an ideal player to deploy on rub routes or clear out routes to help open up other receivers around him. In 2015, this was Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, in 2018 this could be Robby Anderson. Considering the depth chart, we are likely to see less of Enunwa as a “decoy” or secondary option than we did in 2015 but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the ability to free up other receiving options when necessary.
Slot, Primary Receiver
Enunwa expanded his route tree from 2015 to 2016. He has top end speed to take advantage of on speed or deep outs but also has the foot quickness for whip or jerk routes when working underneath. There is a good chance we will see a high volume of reps with Enunwa operating from a traditional slot alignment this season with players like Anderson, Pryor and Chad Hansen better suited to play outside the numbers. Enunwa provides a substantially more explosive slot option than Jermaine Kearse would.
Split End Vertical Threat
Last but not least, Enunwa evolved into a more traditional receiver and less of a H-Back throughout the 2016 season. Outside of his work in the slot, he showed an ability to win outside the numbers on vertical routes, whether it was thanks to his height or his speed. He is likely to get favorable matchups when positioned outside the numbers this season due to the attention Robby Anderson will be receiving opposite him, which also opens up space for a player like Kearse to work in the slot.
Overall the Jets have a high amount of personnel flexibility thanks to Enunwa being able to move between slot, split end and H-Back. The presence of Anderson and Kearse, both capable starters in their own right, will only open up favorable 1 on 1s for a player that is a tough match up for anybody because of his size and speed combination.