On Twitter last week, Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa revealed that doctors told him there was only a 50-50 chance that he would be able to come back and play with his injury. Enunwa was placed on injured reserve after reinjuring his neck in Week 1 this season. Still, he remains steadfast in his plans to return to the field next season, according Zach Brazziler of the New York Post.
Last week, he was in the news for publicly declaring his frustrations with the Jets organization after he received a fine for missing a rehab appointment. In a series of tweets, the wideout revealed the severity of his injury and how committed he was to working his way back to the field.
After signing a four-year, $36MM extension with the team last December, Enunwa was expected to be a primary option for sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold. Instead, his early-season injury has left New York shuffling through other receiving options. Even though Enunwa’s recovery remains uncertain, his contract structure will likely keep the Jets from releasing him this offseason. Per Over the Cap, New York would save $2.4m in cap space by cutting the receiver this offseason, but would incur $5.4m in dead money.
While injuries have plagued Enunwa throughout his career, he flashed brillance early on. At the age of 24, during the 2016 season, Enunwa played in all 16 games and caught 58 passes for 857 yards. His development stalled after suffering a serious neck injury that cost him the entire 2017 season, but he looked back to form in 2018. Enunwa played in 11 of the Jets first 13 games and caught 38 receptions for 449 yards before signing his extension. While it’s difficult to foresee him taking the step in his development that some had thought he could, New York remains hopeful that he will return to the field as a productive receiver.