As football in general and the NFL specifically comes under increasing scrutiny for its long-term health impacts on players, a Jets rookie’s comments Monday showed that some players are simply willing to take the risk.
Enunwa sustained the injury during drills when he dropped a pass from quarterback Christian Hackenberg and fell to the turf face-first, even though he was untouched.
He hit his head or hit his neck and something went wrong when he fell,” Bowles said, via ESPN. I’ll see the severity of it when I go inside.”
Enunwa was projected to be New York’s No. 1 wideout after the team cut Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall earlier this offseason, though Bowles is optimistic the team will manage regardless of the outcome once Enunwa is further examined.
We’ll see what happens first,” Bowles said. If we have to lose him, we’ll adjust from there. But we’ve got young guys coming on. We’ll see what the results are first and we’ll go from there.”
Enunwa, 25, was selected by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has recorded 1,172 receiving yards on 80 catches through 28 games over the last two seasons with New York.
Signing him at $22 million per season would look like a bargain at this point. Instead, Cousins is going to make even more money, whether that’s in Washington or elsewhere. Former GM Scot McCloughan reportedly wanted a deal for Cousins and told people around the league that if he had full control, it would have happened in 2016. Yet at this point, Washington doesn’t seem like the best option for Cousins.
Another season of Cousins seems like a waste for Washington. Chances are low that he returns after the season, and it’s pointless for the team to have either not extended him or get something in return and move forward. The 2018 NFL draft class is expected to be filled with quarterback talent with the likes of Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Josh Rosen, and others.