The New York Jets have had a very disappointing season, but they may have some hope at the wide receiver position.
Hope doesn’t seem like a word that can be synonymous with the New York Jets due to their lousy season, and otherwise tragic history.
However, Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa have provided a glimmer of it.
Between the Jets’ brutally bad offensive line and even worse quarterback play, it’s tough to see any silver linings on offense. But if you look deeper, you can see some signs of greatness through the otherwise desolate disaster called the Jets’ offense.
Bilal Powell can be included with Anderson and Enunwa for positives as well, but he’s 28-years-old. Running backs don’t last in this league and Powell is a lot closer to coming out of his prime than he is entering it, unfortunately.
So, when looking at the future, it should really come down to both Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa.
Anderson was an undrafted rookie out of Temple. There were no expectations for him coming out of college, but he’s created his own expectations.
The 23-year-old shined throughout the preseason and has shown signs of developing into a nice threat in the passing game for the New York Jets. His speed is no joke.
Robby Anderson does it again! #Jets pic.twitter.com/b7oBT1qNgi
— Matt O'Leary (@MattOLearyNY) September 1, 2016
Anderson’s explosiveness is obvious. Heck, he’s been missed deep for touchdowns more times than I can count this year. The truly impressive thing with Anderson is his hands.
That right there is simply a great play, being able to go up knowing you will take a big hit and making the grab regardless. That’s something you don’t see with even some veterans in the league.
Enunwa, on the other hand, had a limited role in 2015. He had just 22 catches, although he seemed like he was going to be a nice fit with the Jets.
In 2016, he’s really broken on to the scene.
Quincy started out the year as a WR/TE hybrid but he’s turned into the most consistent receiver in the passing game. Like Anderson, he’s a big play waiting to happen.
Quincy Enunwa, what a play. Geno's strong quality is still there: Hangs tough in the pocket. 10-7 Ravens. #JetUp #BALvsNYJ pic.twitter.com/NBoJrrRIzt
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) October 23, 2016
A simple crossing route over the middle turned into a big play thanks to Enunwa’s speed. He just beat everyone once he got going.
At 225 pounds, you don’t expect him to have the burners, but he kicked it into high gear and was gone on that play. He’s a gamer as well — you can just see the consistent effort on each and every play.
The quarterback play has been awful — imagine if the Jets had a somewhat competent passer? Even with Eric Decker injured, the threat of Brandon Marshall, Enunwa, and Anderson could be deadly.
If — and this is a big if — they can somehow find something remotely close to a franchise QB, the Jets can and will have an explosive offense.
Enunwa and Anderson’s combined age is 47. They’re both young. The Jets can’t screw this one up. They have a bright future with these two at the WR position.