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Inside the Numbers: More Enunwa YAC

Quincy's After-Catch Skill on Display at Cleveland, Matt Forté's Next Possible Link to Emerson Boozer

We like to check in every week or two with Quincy Enunwa, who's developing into a fine wide receiver with a knack for YAC. At Cleveland, "Q" had two third-quarter yards-after-catch jaunts of note: the 24-yard touchdown (12 YAC) at the end of which he broke four Browns tackles to dive into the end zone, and the 57-yarder (23 YAC) down the deep middle past CB Jamar Taylor.

"It's been something I've tried to implement," Enunwa told me about his YAC dimension. "I played running back growing up, so that part of the game is something I like to do a lot. I want to make a play and make people miss. I like to compete pretty physically in that aspect."

Observers might not have known about how good Enunwa is after the catch, but all you have to do is go to YouTube to watch one of the last plays of his Nebraska career, his 99-yard reception against Georgia in the 2014 Gator Bowl. He caught Tommy Armstrong's pass at the N-45 and went all the way, giving him 55 yards after that catch on what remains the longest bowl game pass play in Division I-A/FBS history.

As for this year, I've charted Quincy for 236 yards after his 36 receptions for a 6.6 YAC average, trailing only Matt Forte's 9.6 on the Jets. Because yards after catch is unofficial and somewhat subjective, Radar360, an NFL research application, has Enunwa with a 6.4 YAC average, which is ninth among all wideouts heading into Week 9. That's also, at the moment, the best Jets WR YAC for the last seven seasons, says Radar360, ahead of Braylon Edwards' 5.4 in 2010.

Matt and EmersonForté scored two touchdowns in each of the Ravens and Browns wins, setting the stage Sunday at Miami to do something that was last done by a Jet almost 50 years ago: score multiple TDs in three consecutive games.

In fact, Emerson Boozer is the only other Jet/Titan to turn that trifecta, and he did it an incredible five straight games in 1967. In Games 2-6 that season (at Denver, home for Miami, Oakland and Houston, at Miami), Booz scored a total of 12 touchdowns (nine rushing, three receiving), with the Jets going 4-0-1.

The two have already been mentioned together this year when Forté ran for three touchdowns at Buffalo to join Boozer and 19 other Jets/Titans to score three or more TDs in a game.

Third-and-Long TriviaAnother sign the offense is perhaps finding its groove: At Cleveland, Ryan Fitzpatrick converted his first third-and-11-plus situations this season. Fitz hit Charone Peake for 13 yards on third-and-11 in the first quarter and in the third frame found Robby Anderson on third-and-12 for 16 yards.

Interestingly, last year Fitzpatrick also had no third-and-long conversions until Game 8 vs. Jacksonville, then finished the season with seven such conversions.

One final wrinkle: This was the first time in franchise history that two Jets rookies had third-and-11-plus conversion receptions in the same game.


Mr. OnsideWith his snare of Cody Parkey's onside hopper at Cleveland, Brandon Marshall came up with his fourth onside recovery in his 1½ seasons in green and white. Marshall pounced on Nick Folk's onsider at New England last year plus three more kicks attempted by opponents.

Records are sketchy the further back we go, but it appears Marshall has twice as many onside kick recoveries as any other player in franchise history. The most recent Jet with two onside recoveries: Greg Salas in back-to-back games in '14.

And we couldn't end this week's Inside the Numbers without posing this question that we don't know the answer to: When was the last time an NFL team had three players with the same last name field kickoffs in the same game? The Jets did it Sunday with Jalin Marshall back for the first two kicks, Nick Marshall for the second two, and B.Marshall applying the crowning touch.

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