|Team:||New York Jets|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 225 lb.|
|Born:||May 31, 1992|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 6 (209)|
The Jets released Enunwa (neck) on Monday, Eric Allen and Randy Lange of the team's official site report.
Analysis: The 28-year-old wideout had previously been placed on the reserve/PUP list in May due to the career-threatening neck injury he suffered early in 2019. The Jets weren't counting on him to contribute at any point in 2020, so his release comes as little surprise. Enunwa, who logged 119 receptions for 1,617 yards and five touchdowns over 41 career games with the Jets, will presumably look to gain full medical clearance from the injury and attempt to find work with another team ahead of the 2021 season.
Enunwa (neck) is not considering retirement despite battling a career-threatening injury, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Enunwa's neck injury limited him to just one game in 2019 (12 combined regular-season games since 2017), and Cimini now reports that the Jets have ruled him out for the 2020 campaign. Despite the severity of his injury, and a timetable for the soon-to-be 28-year-old's return remaining undisclosed, Enunwa relayed that he hopes to retake the field in the future. "If I'm capable of playing, then that's what I'll do," Enunwa said. He carries a fully guaranteed $6 million salary for 2020, and in 2021 he'll have a $4.1 million injury guarantee, so it remains in the Jets' best interest to stick with Enunwa throughout his rehab process and hope for a possible return to the field.
The Jets informed Enunwa (neck) on Tuesday that he'll be placed on the reserve/PUP list, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: New York also moved Josh Bellamy (shoulder) to the same list, with Rapoport relaying that the organization doesn't expect either receiver to play during the 2020 season. Considering Enunwa has played just 12 regular-season contests dating back to 2017 as a result of neck issues, his time in the NFL could well be over. The injuries to Enunwa and Bellamy likely had a hand in the Jets' decision to invest a second round pick into Baylor receiver Denzel Mims during April's draft.
Enunwa (neck), whose $6 million salary for 2020 is now fully guaranteed, remains "a big question mark" for the Jets, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports.
Analysis: The Jets presumably would've released Enunwa if he'd been healthy enough to pass a physical before the March 22 deadline for his salary guarantee. General manager Joe Douglas is the one who called the wide receiver a question mark, adding that he hopes to have more information soon. It remains unclear if Enunwa will ever make it back on a football field after he suffered the second major neck injury of his career, but he doesn't have any immediate plans to retire. The Jets signed him to a four-year, $36 million contract in December 2018, only to see Enunwa suffer the neck injury Week 1 of 2019. He previously missed the entire 2017 campaign with a bulging disc in his neck, and he's now played just 12 games over a span of three seasons.
Enunwa's (neck) $6 million salary for 2020 becomes fully guaranteed March 22, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports.
Analysis: This means Enunwa could be cut if he's able to pass a physical within the next month, which is far from a sure thing. His salary already is guaranteed for injury, so the Jets have no incentive to release him unless he's healthy. General manager Joe Douglas said he's optimistic about Enunwa returning for 2020, though multiple reports suggest the wide receiver's neck injury is a career-threatening one. He missed the entire 2017 campaign due to a bulging disc in his neck, and the latest injury placed him on IR after Week 1 of 2019.
General manager Joe Douglas said the team hopes Enunwa (neck) is ready for the 2020 season, and they want him in New York is he can, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: Enunwa sustained his second serious neck injury in three years when he was hurt in Week 1, and there haven't been any notable reports on his medical recovery. However, Enunwa is signed through the 2022 season with over $20 million in guaranteed cash, so the Jets would predictably like him to come back healthy. The 27-year-old played 11 games in the 2018 season, recording 38 receptions for 449 yards and a score.
Enunwa (neck) has been placed on IR.
Analysis: With Enunwa done for the season, newly-acquired Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) now has a chance to secure a key role in the Jets' passing attack , along with fellow wideout Robby Anderson and slot man Jamison Crowder.
Enunwa suffered neck injury in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bills and will be shut down for the rest of the season, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: The Jets' acquisition Tuesday of Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) had already cast some doubt on Enunwa's status as a starter, but a job competition won't be in the offing with the latter being shuttered for the season. Enunwa was sent in for further testing Monday, and while the Jets determined he was dealing with a serious injury, it's unclear at this time if his latest setback with his neck is career-threatening. Enunwa previously missed the entire 2017 season after injuring his neck in training camp that year, but after returning healthy in 2018, he inked a four-year, $36 million contract extension in December. Assuming he's healthy in his own right, Thomas could immediately take on a sizable snap share in Week 2 against the Browns, working alongside deep threat Robby Anderson and slot specialist Jamison Crowder.
Enunwa caught one of three targets for minus-4 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Owners hoping for Enunwa to turn things up in the regular season after a quiet preseason were left disappointed. He also briefly went to the blue injury tent but promptly returned, so the injury-prone wideout may have picked up a knock in this one in addition to his struggles.
Enunwa failed to haul in his lone target in Saturday's 28-13 preseason loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Enunwa hasn't been able to get going this preseason, but the most important thing for him is staying healthy, which he has been able to do. The physical wideout should see a healthy dose of targets from quarterback Sam Darnold once the games start to count.
Enunwa (groin) failed to haul in his lone target in Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants.
Analysis: Quarterback Sam Darnold targeted Enunwa on his first pass of the game, but the ball never got to the receiver and was instead almost intercepted by safety Jabrill Peppers. The most important news here is that Enunwa was out there for the opening drive along with the rest of the Jets' starters, suggesting the minor groin injury he suffered in practice Tuesday is behind him.
Enunwa (groin) is uniform for Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: That's a bit of a surprise, considering that Enunwa recently tweaked his groin in practice, but evidently the issue was a minor one. It remains to be see how much action Enunwa might see Thursday, but the fact that he's suited up for the contest represents good news for the Jets.
Enunwa is slated to have tests after leaving Tuesday's practice with a groin injury, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The report relays that coach Adam Gase doesn't sound overly concerned about Enunwa's injury, given that the wideout wanted to return to practice after his exit Tuesday, but this remains a situation to monitor. Enunwa is listed as a starting wideout, along with Robby Anderson and slot man Jamison Crowder on the Jets' unofficial training camp depth chart, which was posted Monday.
Enunwa was forced to leave Tuesday's practice due to a possible groin injury, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It looks like the injury was non-contact, which certainly isn't a good sign for Enunwa, who pulled up limping after running for a deep ball. Given the potential seriousness of the injury, the Jets will likely exercise plenty of caution with Enunwa, who they just signed to a four-year, $36 million contract extension at the end of last season.
The Jets signed slot receiver Jamison Crowder to join Enunwa and Robby Anderson in their wideout corps, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini and John Keim report.
Analysis: 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."
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
The Jets and Enunwa (ankle) reached an agreement Friday on a multi-year contract extension, Eric Allen of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The precise details of the new arrangement are unknown, but 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 won't play Sunday against the Patriots.
Analysis: 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.
Enunwa (ankle) wasn't seen at the early portion of Friday's practice, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: Enunwa was given a "slim" chance of playing Week 17 on Monday and didn't participate at practice the last two days. The 26-year-old appears to be headed for his third straight absence, which could be confirmed when the Jets release their official injury report later Friday.
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