Locked up with the New York Jets for the next four years, Quincy Enunwa sees a bright future for his young quarterback.
Sam Darnold connected with Enunwa 28 times for 339 yards last season. The Jets will literally look different as they enter his sophomore season. Newcomers and returnees alike will don a new uniform. Enunwa was granted his stay before last season even ended, inking his extension in December. It’s safe to few know Darnold’s offensive tendencies better than him at this point.
Some see it as a miracle Enunwa is sticking around for the Jets as they enter a new era. He missed the entire 2017 season with bulging discs in his neck, but managed to play a decent 2018 campaign into a four-year contract extension. As preparations for 2019 begin, Enunwa hopes the perseverance gene will pass on to his young quarterback.
“I’m looking forward to this year. I think that he’s going to be a lot better than he was last year,” Enunwa said, per Olivia Landis of NewYorkJets.com.. “He’s got a year under his belt, he’s got his mistakes under his belt. You look at just his first game, he was able to make a mistake on the first play and then go out there and play a great game.”
Enunwa was referring to Darnold’s NFL debut in Detroit. In the Monday night opener, Darnold threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on his first professional pass. He’d go on to recover to the tune of 198 yards and two touchdowns in what became a 48-17 Jets victory. Enunwa caught the latter of the scoring pair. It kicked off a run of 31 unanswered Jets points.
The receiver missed most of Darnold’s December emergence with an injury. Over his final four games, Darnold threw for 931 yards and six touchdowns, good for a 99.1 passer rating. Enunwa’s absence hasn’t curbed his Darnold enthusiasm.
“I think he’s one of those guys that’s a quick learner,” he told Landis. ‘He’s going to show this year that he’s going to pick up the new offense and still be able to perform.”