With the lackluster free agency market for wide receivers looming, the Jets locked up 2014 6th round pick and fan favorite Quincy Enunwa to a 4 year, $36 million extension.
We've signed WR @QuincyEnunwa to a multi-year extension.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 28, 2018
The the way free agent market was shaping up, the Jets almost needed to re-sign Enunwa. He brings a unique skillset of being able to play as an outside receiver but carries the ball like a running back. The Jets (for some reason) limited him to short routes and asked him to solely rely on YAC for production.
Enunwa’s best season came in 2016, with 58 receptions for 857 yards and four touchdowns. However, the stats weren’t the main reason that Jets fans and bloggers (like myself) were enamored with Enunwa. His ability to function in multiple different roles in the offense (X receiver, slot, H-back, blocker, etc.) made him a Swiss army knife and a great help for a young QB like Sam Darnold.
His 2017 was shut down before it even started when he suffered a neck injury early in the Jets’ Green and White scrimmage in August. His return in 2018 was promising as he developed good chemistry with Darnold to start the season. Even though he was sent mainly on shorter routes and screens, Enunwa still posted 38 catches for 449 yards and a touchdown.
Moving forward, I hope to see the Jets new coaching staff really utilize his skillset to its fullest potential. In 2016, we saw the Jets use him all over the field on a variety of different routes and it wasn’t a coincidence he had his best season. I expect Enunwa to have a bounce back season in 2019 as the Jets will (hopefully) put more pieces around him and Darnold.