Enunwa has experience playing all over the field, but he's typically done his best work from the slot where he can use his 225-pound frame to pile up yards after the catch. Of course, he should be more comfortable outside with a full offseason to hone his craft, and he'll have job security after signing a four-year, $36 million extension in December. The additions of Crowder and running back Le'Veon Bell equate to a massive increase in competition for targets, but Enunwa should be cutting his slice from a bigger pie now that Sam Darnold has some experience as well as a promising group of pass catchers.
New coach Adam Gase wants to expand Enunwa's route tree, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports. "I don't want to put him in a box," Gase said. "I want him to be able to try to do as many things as he possibly can."
Primarily a slot receiver early in his career, Enunwa spent more time lined up wide in 2018, yet his yards per catch dropped to a career low of 11.8 -- partially because he was ineffective as an outside receiver. There's little doubt he'll have a key role in 2019 after he signed a four-year, $36 million extension in December, but the exact nature of that role won't be clear until the Jets finish their offseason maneuvering. Gase is known for his reliance on short passes, but he could become more aggressive working with Sam Darnold instead of Ryan Tannehill and a slew of backups. There hasn't been any suggestion that Enunwa's late-season ankle injury was serious enough to impact his preparation for 2019.
Enunwa (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Enunwa was already ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots, so the Jets are simply making the move to clear some roster space for healthy bodies. The 26-year-old inked a four-year, $36 million contract with the Jets on Friday, and had 38 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown in 11 games this season.
With a four-year deal worth up to $36 million in hand, per ESPN.com, the 26-year-old will be a part of a Sam Darnold-led offense for the foreseeable future. In their first season together, Enunwa tended to a high-ankle sprain from Week 6 onward, missing five games along the way. When on the field, though, he recorded 38 catches (on 68 targets) for 449 yards and one touchdown in 11 contests. Looking ahead, Enunwa and Charone Peake are the only Jets wideouts under contract in 2019, though Robby Anderson will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.
Enunwa (ankle) won't play Sunday against the Patriots.
Jermaine Kearse (Achilles) has also been ruled out, which sets the stage for Robby Anderson to head the Jets' wideout corps Sunday, with added reps on tap for Andre Roberts, Deontay Burnett and Charone Peake. The 26-year-old Enunwa, who is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, finishes up the 2018 campaign with 38 catches (on 68 targets) for 449 yards and a TD in 11 games.
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