In need of a spark on offense, the Jets are in luck because they have some lighter fluid already in house and he wears No. 81. With the Green & White on a three-game slide and in desperate need of a victory over the Bills, the 6’3”, 225-pound Quincy Enunwa is capable of making plays that change the entire tenor of a game.
“I’ve always said I want to be a playmaker. I want to make plays and help the team out in any way,” Enunwa said this week. “If it’s me getting the ball and pumping up the sideline and letting us know it’s time to go, then that’s what I want to do. If there is another way, then I’ll do whatever I need to help.”
Enunwa, who missed the entire 2017 season with a neck injury in addition to a pair of contests this year with an ankle ailment, had three catches for 40 yards in last Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. One of his receptions featured 25 yards gained after the catch as he grabbed a Sam Darnold pass behind the line before breaking tackles and carrying defenders on an impactful jaunt.
“Well you know what, Q is a competitor and I laugh because I played with a guy name Q that wore 81 in Anquan Boldin and he competed like that,” said 16-year veteran Josh McCown. “It was one of those things where you wanted to put the ball in his hands because you know he's going to fight for every yard and he's exciting to watch.”
McCown will make his first start of the season against the Bills. Since Enunwa was out of the lineup last year, he and McCown have never played together in game action. And Enunwa, who continues to receive treatment on the ankle, was listed as a non-participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
“Luckily I’ve been able to catch some passes from him,” said Enunwa of McCown. “But I’ve been getting used to how he walks in the huddle, commands the huddle, his checks at the line and those types of things. I just have to be really communicating with him, so I’m ready on Sunday.”
Set to be spectator for the first time as a professional, Enunwa said Darnold should view it as an opportunity to learn.
“He can take it from me. I’ve been inured a few times and it’s just part of the game,” said the fourth-year wideout. “You just have to make sure you come back hard, come back strong and be ready to go. You have to learn from what you’ve been going through.”
A physical force, Enunwa has to be locked in on the playbook because his reps may continue to be limited on the practice field. As long as he knows the plan, he can continue to attack defenders in his own unique way.
“For me, the biggest thing is making sure that I’m really into the playbook,” he said. “I’m into watching the film and watching the practices and making sure I know exactly what I have to do so when I go out there, there is no hesitation.”
One of the Jets five captains, Enunwa can be the tone-setter this team desperately needs over the season’s final seven games.
“I tell you what, he gets me fired up watching him carry the ball on Sunday's and he's got a ‘C’ on his chest for a reason and I'm glad his on our team,” McCown said of Enunwa, who leads the club with 25 receptions. “He's been a heck of a leader for us and we just got to keep finding ways to involve him because he influences the game every time he touches the ball.”