Updated 9:27 p.m. ET
There's got to be a morning after, or in the case of the Jets' offense, a season after, since finding out definitively Monday that Quincy Enunwa will miss 2017 with his neck injury.
Several players after today's training camp practice sounded variations of a familiar football theme of challenge and opportunity, knowing they'll be moving on without "Q".
"I was a little upset, you know?" said Robby Anderson, in line to vie for the No. 1 wideout role that Enunwa had assumed for this already young receiving corps. "Nobody likes that for anybody, especially somebody you're close to."
"It's kind of, I would say, overwhelming," said fellow wideout Jalin Marshall. "It's something that you don't prepare for."
QB Josh McCown admitted it him hard as well, no wonder since he lost one of his most experienced targets.
"My heart breaks for Quincy because he was ready to go," McCown said. "Look at his career and the progress he's made. This was going to be a great opportunity for him this year, a fun year. So I'm bummed for him."
Marshall felt that after the weirdness of the situation dissipates, some of the lessons of Jets receivers no longer in green and white will come to the fore.
"I think Brandon [Marshall] and Eric [Decker] along with Quincy taught us a lot last year — they taught us how to lead, how to play, how to be professional," he said. "That's something I can carry on with my teammates at wide receiver, make sure we're ready, make sure that if they look at someone to be a leader, I can be that person."
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Anderson said any talk of being the Jets' new go-to guy will roll off his back.
"I don't really get too caught up into that because I'm focused on trying to get better and continuing to grow," he said. "I'm going to come in every single day, do what my coaches tell me. ... The rest will take care of itself."
One thing all agreed on is that the Jets have some top teachers with which to move forward. Position coach Karl Dorrell has a long history of coaching up young players on the college and pro levels, and new coordinator John Morton worked wonders as coach of the Saints' young wideouts last year.
"Yeah, I definitely feel like, especially this year, working with KD, having more time to work with him and Johnny Morton, I've learned a lot," Anderson said of the improvement in his game. "I'm getting a lot better with my craft."
QB Christian Hackenberg captured the mood of the unit well: The Jets will trust in the receivers they have, in part because they have no choice, but also because they feel the trust is well-founded.
"Q is a great player, but we've got 14 or 15 other guys in that room right now," Hackenberg said. "Someone else will step up."