Jets Activate Wideout Quincy Enunwa

DE Mike Catapano Signed from Practice Squad; Zac Stacy Placed on IR, Ronald Martin Waived


Updated 2:30 p.m. ET

One more offensive puzzle piece that had been missing the past four weeks is expected to be back to help the Jets as soon as Sunday in Houston.

"I'm just glad it's past me," WR Quincy Enunwa said of the end of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, "and I can focus on football and go out there and help the team as best I can."

During the suspension Enunwa wasn't allowed to practice or work out with his teammates at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. He returned to practice this week under a one-week roster exemption and said he felt no rustiness.

"The people over at Parabolic Performance helped me get in shape," he said. "This whole week I've been doing pretty well running around, flying around. Surprisingly, the playbook came to me really fast. That was good that we didn't change too much."

The Jets had until Monday before they needed to lift the roster exemption, but they activated Enunwa today to the active roster. Also added to the 53-man roster is DE Mike Catapano, signed from the practice squad, and he could make his Jets debut against the Texans. To make roster room, the Jets placed RB Zac Stacy (ankle) on injured reserve and waived S Ronald Martin.

Head coach Todd Bowles said Enunwa's not in the same situation as players such as Dee Milliner and Stevan Ridley, who rehabbed from injuries for half the season before seeing action against the Bills.

"He's not like Milliner and Ridley because he wasn't hurt," Bowles said. "They've been out like a year. He's been out four weeks. He's still got to get the kinks out from four weeks, but he should be in a lot better shape than those two were."

When Enunwa returns to action, he'll begin contributing again to the wideout position, which has had some instability below Marshall and Decker with injuries to Chris Owusu and Devin Smith.

Before his suspension, Enunwa was working as the third WR behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Bowles and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey like his 6'2", 225-pound frame for use as a hybrid receiver/blocker. As a receiver, Enunwa was targeted with 17 passes, making eight receptions for 94 yards, two first downs and no touchdowns.

But don't assume that just because Enunwa's a receiver that he will help stabilize the Jets' kickoff returns. "I only had like one return in college," he said. That is exactly true — he had one kickoff return for 17 yards as a Nebraska senior in 2013. The KOR rotation could feature Antonio Cromartie again, now that he's back from his quadriceps bruise, as well as Smith and Kenbrell Thompkins.

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