Florham Park, N.J. - The New York Jets beat the Buffalo Bills 37-31 on Thursday Night Football. All the receivers played a key role in the victory. Eric Decker had six catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Marshall also hauled in six balls for 101 yards and survived a brutal knee injury. Even Jalin Marshall got involved with the offense, with three key catches for 45 yards and some big blocks. But the receiver that performed when his team needed him most was Quincy Enunwa. If teams haven't taken notice of him yet, they should really start before it gets out of hand.
In the game against Buffalo, Enunwa finished with six catches for 92 yards before leaving late in the third quarter with an injury. He was the one that got things started and got Ryan Fitzpatrick hot in the game. On the first two drives, Enunwa had three catches for 55 yards. All of the catches were for first downs and the first being a tough 34 yard reception down the sideline over a defender. In the whole game, Enunwa only had one catch for less than 10 yards (2 yard reception).
In week one against the Cincinnati Bengals, Enunwa had seven catches for 54 yards and one touchdown, his first of his career. In that game, he was the most dominate receiver as Decker and Marshall were quiet on the day besides Decker lone TD reception. That game was the start of Enunwa having a breakout year.
Already through two games, Enunwa is 9 catches and 169 yards away from having better numbers than last year. So how all of a sudden is Enunwa, someone who has a 63 overall player rating in the latest Madden NFL videogame, having such a great year? To other NFL teams and the average fan, he's just a no-named wide receiver. To the New York Jets, Enunwa is the next big thing. "He's a jack of all trades," said head coach Todd Bowles back in July. "He's like the Dennis Rodman on our team. He gets the rebounds, he dives on the floor for loose balls, he does a bunch of things. He can be a wideout, he can be an H-back, he blocks, he catches, he runs deep, he runs short."
NFL teams don't really know who Enunwa is and that's why he's getting these great looks. Defenses are focused on covering the tandem of Marshall and Decker. Rightfully so, since last year they posted combined numbers of 189-2,529-26. Marshall and Decker are being argued as one of the best wide receiver duos in NFL history. Then you throw in the threat out of the back field that is Matt Forte and Bilal Powell and defenses have their heads spinning. Defenses can't cover every player on the field, which means an opening for Enunwa, in which he usually does his damage in the beginning. Then defenses turn their coverage on him, and then Marshall and Decker and Forte do their damage and Pandora's Box is unlocked.
"I think [Quincy has] worked on his craft. He's worked on his hands everyday in the offseason. He's worked on his feet. He's worked on his route running," said Bowles. "Quincy is a tireless worker, and a lot of the things you see that he's doing now is paying off from the offseason."