The Jets season is meant to be all concerning the future centered on the event of Sam Darnold and the cap cash common supervisor Mike Maccagnan has to spend this offseason. However for some gamers the 2018 season issues. It issues to their pocketbooks and the trail their careers could possibly be headed subsequent season.
Amongst these is large receiver Quincy Enunwa, who’s an unrestricted free agent on the finish of the yr.
After sitting out all of final season with a neck damage, he wanted to have a productive 2018 to attract curiosity as a free agent and maximize any provide the Jets may current. However he has been injured and enjoying with a rookie quarterback experiencing rising pains like throwing 4 interceptions in a 13-6 loss to the Dolphins final week the place the offense continued to battle.
Darnold is listed as uncertain for Sunday’s sport towards the Payments at MetLife Stadium, with veteran Josh McCown getting his first begin of the season. That might truly bode properly for Enunwa to have the type of massive day that might be remembered when free company arrives.
McCown hasn’t performed all season because the Jets handed the franchise to Darnold, however he made 13 begins final yr and 73 throughout his 16-year profession. He has seen each protection and if he will get scorching, Enunwa figures to be a chief goal towards the Payments.
“Clearly, they’re two completely different gamers and two completely different quarterbacks,” Enunwa stated of the 21-year-old Darnold and McCown, 39. “You’re all the time going to have to comprehend that and prepare via the week and know what one quarterback likes in comparison with the opposite. I’ve practiced with [McCown] this complete yr. Recreation time is simply placing lights to it.”
Enunwa leads the Jets in receptions with 25 and is second in yardage with 327. He has one landing, and is on tempo to complete with simply 581 yards and two or three touchdowns for the yr. These are hardly the type of numbers to land massive cash in free company.
Enunwa is making $2.9 million on a one-year deal signed earlier than this season after injuring his neck throughout coaching camp final season. This was the yr to show his price and earn the leverage he lacked a yr in the past.
He has been slowed by a excessive ankle sprain, lacking video games towards the Vikings and Bears, and has caught simply 4 passes for 49 yards previously three video games he has performed. That type of a manufacturing isn’t going to earn him a lot of a elevate over the deal he at the moment has in place.
With seven video games left this season, there’s loads of time for Enunwa to enhance his worth. However he must step up his manufacturing. McCown’s expertise is perhaps of assist.
“I’m going to be the place he wants me to be so it’s simple for him,” Enunwa stated. “That method we robotically have that connection.”
Earlier than Enunwa thinks about impressing different groups, he should impress the Jets, with whom he’ll probably have his best worth. The Jets are going to wish to search out Darnold professional, long-term weapons. Robby Anderson is a restricted free agent after this season, and Jermaine Kearse is up for a brand new deal.
Enunwa had plenty of intangibles in his favor, corresponding to his potential to play via ache, his management and his will to win.
Enunwa had a type of extra-effort performs late within the fourth quarter towards the Dolphins, when he caught a brief move and carried about 4 tacklers for an enormous achieve to mid-field. These sorts of performs can’t be measured on a stat sheet.
“That’s my sport,” Enunwa stated. “I simply need to go on the market and be that individual. I simply need to be the individual if you give me the ball, I may be that spark for the offense. I really feel I’ve executed that since I’ve been right here.”
The Jets and the remainder of the NFL must see extra of that.