Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick made headlines a little over a week ago for a postgame rant that claimed the Jets organization had given up on him. When asked about this claim on Tuesday morning, WR Quincy Enunwa told NFL Network's Good Morning Football that he understands Fitzpatrick's frustration.
"He was hurt, and I don't blame him," Enunwa said about his quarterback. "When they crown you as the starter, you don't ever want to lose your spot, no matter how bad you're playing. And so I don't blame him for being hurt, I don't blame him for saying what he said. But I definitely don't think they lost faith in him. I think they believe in him. We're playing with him. We all believe in him. He's our quarterback now, and we're going to do our best to help him out."
Fitzpatrick did not do much during the first half of Sunday's win over Cleveland to garner the support of the Jets and their fanbase. Going into halftime, the veteran quarterback was just 3-for-14 for 30 yards, and was sacked twice. While many people were calling for head coach Todd Bowles to turn to backup Bryce Petty to begin the second half, Enunwa said he never wanted a change at quarterback.
"...Fitz got me to where I'm at now," the wide receiver said when asked if he thought Petty or Christian Hackenberg would better help the Jets. "Obviously my hard work helped me, but his knowledge, his expertise, everything he's done for me has been so huge for me, I couldn't even say that."
Bowles' faith in Fitzpatrick paid off, as he threw for 222 yards and a touchdown in the second half, and helped lead the Jets to a 31-28 victory.
While he is happy with Fitzpatrick as his quarterback, Enunwa says there is also a lot to be excited about with backup QB Bryce Petty.
"He's a talented kid, man," Enunwa said about his backup quarterback. "You guys saw him at Baylor. You saw him in the preseason, he made some plays. But he's a young guy, you know. He has some things to learn, but he's definitely capable of playing in this league. He just has to keep working. And he has a good guy to learn from. You know, Fitz is so knowledgable. With the physical talents that Petty has, I think he'll be really good."
After an awful start to the season, the Jets now enter the second half of the 2016 NFL season at 3-5. While their record may not show it, Enunwa believes this team has the ability to turn the season around.
"I don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we have a talented team," said Enunwa. "Regardless of what the record says, we have so much talent on this team. We just have to put it together, and I think we're capable of doing it... Obviously the Patriots are doing really well this year. The Bills are good this year. The Dolphins just beat the Steelers. But I think we're capable of beating these teams. We have the talent to do it. We have the coaching to do it. We just have to put it together and I think we can really be a good team."