New York Jets

How Quincy Enunwa Fits with the New York Jets

Nebraska wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (18) heads for the end zone after taking a pass from Nebraska quarterback Ron Kellogg III in the second-quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Ryan AlfieriCorrespondent IIIMay 10, 2014

The Jets have added plenty of speed to their team in this draft, but they could stand to add some muscle to the receiver position—which is exactly where Quincy Enunwa comes in. 

At 6'2", 225 pounds, Enunwa is not going down in the open field without a fight. He sports long, 32-inch arms that make it difficult to beat him in 50/50 jump-ball situations. 

While he is not a burner on the field, Enunwa's 4.45 speed suggests that he can be a dangerous deep-ball target, taking advantage of the big arms possessed by Geno Smith and Michael Vick. 

However, it was Enunwa's character and on-field demeanor that made him attractive to the Jets as much as his massive frame. A team captain who fights for every last yard on every play, Enunwa fits the Jets' pattern of drafting high-character players who always put the team before their own personal achievement.

Enunwa's character translates to the field in that he a very intelligent, situationally aware player. He is always aware of the first-down markers and where he is relative to the sideline.

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The downside to Enunwa is that for as fast as he is, he has trouble separating at the top of his routes. He is not particularly explosive in and out of his breaks, limiting to to being strictly a perimeter receiver in the NFL. He is also a bit of an awkward catcher, using his body to bring in what appear to be routine catches far too often. 

Still, Enunwa has enough versatility to line up as either an "X" or a "Z" receiver opposite Eric Decker and is an excellent fit in Marty Mornhinweg's aggressive West Coast system. 

Enunwa will be thrown into the gauntlet with the rest of the rookie receivers to compete with Stephen Hill and David Nelson for a roster spot and a chance to start opposite Eric Decker. 

However, what is working against Enunwa's odds of making the roster is that he is a bit of an odd fit on special teams. The Jets already have plenty of return help, and Enunwa's size makes him an awkward fit as a gunner or blocker. If Enunwa is going to make the team and earn a role, he is going to have to separate himself with his ability to stretch the field—something none of the current receivers (outside of Decker) have been able to do.

If he does make the team and earn a role on the regular offense, his ability to stretch the field and bring a level of toughness to the receiving position would be most welcome to the Jets receiving corps.

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