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Enunwa doing everything he can for Jets

Quincy Enunwa has no problem doing the dirty work for the Jets

FLORHAM PARK: When Quincy Enunwa was at Nebraska, there was a dry erase board hanging up in the receivers' meeting room. It was used to highlight some of the signature plays from the week before. 

But unlike some would think, this board wasn't used to remember who caught a touchdown, broke free for the most yards-after-catch or anything of that nature. No, it was used to emphasize something no stat book would pick up

"Whoever had the most good blocks," Enunwa said. "We would rank each one, file it under a different category; If the block sprung a running back, led to a touchdown, things like that" 

And who was atop that list?

"Me," Enunwa said with a smile.

And how often?

"Every year." 

Since being drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Enunwa has worked to do, as he puts it, everything, for New York. If the team needed someone to get deep down the field, Enunwa wanted to show he could do that. If the Jets wanted someone that could run crisp routes, Enunwa wanted to show he could do that. 

And if New York wanted a receiver that could double as a tight end, well, Enunwa didn't think he'd have to do that, but that's not a problem. 

For the last two weeks, the Jets have worked Enunwa in-and-out with the first-team offense, but in a different role. He'll start outside, then motion in as a full back, tight end or H-back. He's asked to chip defensive ends, linebackers and others. Then, after doing so, get out and run routes. 

"He's kind of a tweener," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "He gives the opposition a problem when they're playing a game-- Whether that's in base, or in sub. If it's sub, he can go and block some of the smaller guys. If it's base, he can out run some of the bigger guys. 

"He's an interesting guy that can do both, so, we're trying to maximize all of the things we can get out of his talents." 

In New York's third preseason game against the Giants, the "receiver" showed his verstaility. He started outside, came in motion, lined up in the backfield and then darted out to the far side of the field for a 10-yard reception. 

At 6-2 and 225 pounds, Enunwa is considered "big" for a receiver, but is quite a bit smaller than some of the players he sees when he motions inside. Anytime he matches up with a defensive end or linebacker, most have a 40-, 50-, or even 60-pound advantage on him. 

Even so, Enunwa says he has no problem going 1-on-1 with whomever an opponent puts out in front of him. 

Why? Because how big his opponent is doesn't matter. 

"It's a heart thing," Enunwa says. "If you go in there timid, you're gonna get thrown away. A lot of the time, you gotta go in there with some 'want' to. If you don't, you're not gonna do it successfully. There's a lot of pride involved. You gotta go in there and give it pride." 

What Enunwa is doing for the Jets is something few other receivers are willing to. So many of his peers won't block a defensive back, let alone a linebacker. But according to Enunwa, that's not because they can't do it. "Every receiver can," he says, "they just don't want to."

So Enunwa has made it this far because of the dirty work. That was, in his mind, the best way to get on the field and cease additional opportunities. If he was willing to play inside as well as outside, it increased his chances of playing. If he was willing to block, well, that did it, too. 

So, with the Jets, he's doing it all. Playing outside, inside and now even tight end. The biggest question left is exactly what Enunwa is. 

"I'm still a receiver, man" Enunwa said. "I just help out the offensive line sometimes."

 

Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and Scout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (connor_j_hughes@yahoo.com)


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