After suffering an injury in a team scrimmage, New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss the entire 2017 season.
During Saturday’s training camp practice, New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa fell awkwardly and suffered a neck injury. As could be expected with that type of injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Enunwa has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the entire coming season.
After an offseason purge of veterans across the roster, including Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, Enunwa was in line to be the Jets No. 1 wide receiver this year. He had a promising 2016 campaign, with 58 catches (on 106 targets) for 857 yards and four touchdowns, and had missed minicamp in June with a shoulder/neck issue. Saturday’s incident seems to be aggravation of that injury, with more severe consequences.
With Enunwa out, Robby Anderson (42 receptions for 587 yards and two touchdowns last year) now becomes the proverbial top target for Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg or whoever winds up under center for the Jets this year. Charone Peake (19 catches in 2016) is in line for a greater role, along with rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen. Former Chicago Bears draft pick Marquess Wilson may also find a way to stick now, if he can stay healthy.
They aren’t willing to admit it publicly, but the Jets clearly have their eye in being bad in 2017 and getting the No. 1 pick in the draft next spring. Enunwa’s injury, and the potential effect on his playing future, is unfortunate. But a pretty quick decision to place him on IR points to a full embrace of “tank mode,” without any indication of a second opinion being sought or much time allowed for greater evaluation.
A neck issue can probably be pretty cut and dry to diagnose, so the Jets chose to protect Enunwa from himself and sit him for the season. But a 1-15 record projection is slowly inching toward an 0-16 actual mark for the Jets this year, that’s for sure.