Quincy Enunwa's 2016 season is off to a fast start. The third year player leads the Jets with 13 receptions through two weeks. The Jets are utilizing his versatility on offense thus far this season. Take a look at some of the different ways he was used in Thursday's win against Buffalo.
Here the Jets line him up outside and send him on a vertical route. Now he isn't a burner. I would say for a typical wide receiver, he probably has average speed at best. (I know somebody is going to point to his 40 time to try and rebut this, but I don't think he plays 4.4.) He doesn't need to be a burner, though to have success. This type of route isn't going to be his forte, but here he shows what he brings to the table. He's big and knows how to use his size to high point the ball.
It didn't happen here, but if the other team gets cute and tries to cover him with a safety to neutralize his size, this threat ison the table.
Here he is in the slot tight to the formation. It isn't so much where he lines up as it is what he does. The Jets utilize how physical of a runner Enunwa is after the catch to pick up a big first down on a screen.
Here he ends up getting bunched as a more conventional slot receiver, and this formation allows him to be isolated against a safety, which is a good matchup for a guy with receiver skills. Enunwa shows the ability to use that big body to shield the ball from any defender converging.
And here, he is a tight end using those blocking skills he honed as a college player in an option offense to help Matt Forte break a big run.
I think this ultimately is a victory of coaching imagination. I can't remember anybody at the time Enunwa was drafted in 2014 thinking he'd be used this way. He seemed like a traditional receiver prospect.
I'm also not sure how successful he would be if he was just a guy who lined up as an X receiver. Sure he'd use his size to win here and there, but he is much better off as a guy who moves around to create mismatches. You split him out wide now and then and call plays for plays that exploit how big he is, but also move him to the middle of the field so he can feast on slot corners who are small or safeties who are slower. And don't forget about that ability to block. He played in a college offense that ran it over 60% of the time. He had to learn to block and block well or he would not have played.