The New England Patriots have had a stranglehold on the AFC East for the better part of two decades, but New York Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa believes the tides of change are upon them.
Speaking about this with Tiki and Tierney on CBS Radio, Enunwa said, “I think they’re vulnerable… not only are they vulnerable, I think we’re capable this year.”
This interview was done the day after the Jets selected Sam Darnold No. 3 overall, which may or may not have had something to do with his take on the upcoming season. Likely, Josh McCown is going to start this year, regardless. So saying, “we’re capable” likely had more to do with Enunwa believing the Jets can build off last year’s performance.
On Saturday, Enunway elaborated while speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio when he was asked about this statement.
“Obviously, I just wanted to agree,” Enunwa said (h/t Sporting News). “I think they may be. But I also think that we’re capable of finally dethroning them. I think that we’ve always been. It’s just about getting over that hump of finishing games. Not to add more bulletin board material for them, but I think for us, we’re hyper-confident and believe that we can do that.”
It’s great that Enunwa and the Jets are feeling confident. That said, it’s pretty clear that the Patriots are once again going to be the team to beat in the AFC East, and likely the AFC as a whole, unless Tom Brady isn’t healthy in 2018. New England had another strong draft, which included landing a top right tackle, Trent Brown, in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.
Every year it seems folks expect the Patriots to fall off their perch atop the division. And every year, despite supposed evidence of their demise, the Patriots squash their competition. It’s going to be fun watching the upcoming campaign unfold and to see if any team has what it takes to finally dethrone the king of the mountain.