What’s to Love, Like, and Not Stand About Quincy Enunwa’s Game
I have spent countless hours throughout this entire draft process studying many of the WRs in the 2014 draft class. I watched the players from the big schools like Mike Evans, ODB and Brandin Cooks to even Jimmy Grappolo’s favorite target Erik Lora. Of course, one of the players that I missed throughout this process of mine was Quincy Enunwwa. When the Jets selected him I said to myself, “Who?” I was disappointed a little because I take pride in not saying “Who?” throughout the draft, but since the draft ended, I have been watching a bunch of him non stop. Enunwa is 6’2 and 225 pounds and has the look of an NFL Reciever, but having the frame and look, of course doesn’t always mean you can play at the NFL level. There are parts to his game that I love, like and just can’t stand. So, if you also said “Who?” when the Jets selected him sit, back and get that popcorn ready.
When I finally put on Enunwa’s tape, the first thing that jumped out at me was the effort he puts in towards blocking. Tons of people underrate how important blocking is from a receiver. Nebraska has an offense that runs some option and zone read plays. In order for their offense to be successful, the receivers on the outside must be able to block. Nebraska has a terrific and quite shifty running back in Ameer Abdullah, who at times makes defenders look like they are on skates, but I hope he took some time to thank Enunwa and company, because they did a tremendous job in the run game. This first GIF should be in a video to show young receivers how to block; it’s pure textbook. Enunwa (top of the screen) uses great technique by sealing his block. Then, he uses his strength to drive his defender away from the ball carrier. In the next GIF, he shows pure determination and hustle. Abdullah takes the handoff, and bounces it to the outside. Enunwa is driving his defender the whole way, but once his initial assignment couldn’t make a play, he continues running with Abdullah trying to block the next defender. Enunwa didn’t give up; he displays great hustle. Effort like this shows his jersey has a C on it.
It seems like when his team is in the red zone, Enunwa turns his game up a notch. Last season, he found the end zone 12 times. According to teamrankings.com, for the past two seasons, the Jets have finished 25th and 27th in red zone scoring (td only). Enunwa, down the road, could have an impact in this area. Another part of Enunwa’s game that I like is that he has strong hands when going up for a catch. There are times when you need your receiver to make a play, and going up and coming down with 50-50 balls, can keep drives alive and give your team some momentum.
I Just Can’t Stand
When it comes to WR’s, my biggest pet peeve is when they try to body catch. It gives me a sense that they are not confident in their hands. Waiting for the ball to come to them, instead of going and getting it just makes me shake my head. One of my favorite WR’s to watch in today’s NFL is Dez Bryant. The reason why I enjoy watching him play so much is because he plays with the mentality that when that ball is the air, there is not a damn player on that field that’s going to take it away from him. Watching Enunwa frustrated me at times. As I discussed, he displays strong hands coming down with jump balls, but there are plenty of times when he will try to body catch. The GIF below shows Nebraska taking a shot deep to Enunwa. I understand the corner did a great job staying with him; the safety came to help at the end of the play, but my problem with Enunwa is he didn’t attack the football; he kept his hands low. “Go and get that thang Quincy.” The other pet peeve I have is drops, and Enunwa has quite a bit on tape. Drops are momentum and drive killers. I believe, like quite a few do, that if you get your hands on it, you need to come up with it, no excuses. Nobody is perfect and drops will happen, but if Enunwa wants to make this team he need to work on it.
Enunwa faces an uphill battle going into camp. Since Idzik took over as the GM, he has expressed several times how beneficial it is for the team and players to have competition. The Jets will have several position battles going on throughout camp, but the one I am excited for is a WR. Enunwa has some good traits, but he does need work. If he wants to make this roster, he needs to live and breathe by that prayer that Nebraska recites before every game: “Day by day, we get better and better, till we can’t be beat; won’t be beat.”
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