EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- All that had been missing in Quincy Enunwa's breakout year has been one signature play or one big game so he could really leave his mark on the season.
On Sunday against the New England Patriots, he finally did it -- with his butt.
His moment came in the fourth quarter when Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick floated a pass into the back corner of the end zone from 22 yards away. Enunwa turned and jumped made a spectacular grab as he fell toward the ground. At first the officials signaled no catch, but the Jets challenged and it was overturned on review.
The replays clearly showed that Enunwa got one foot and one cheek down in the end zone. And just like that, the "butt touchdown" was born.
"Oh my God. If that is a part of history or whatever, that's cool," Enunwa said after New York's 22-17 loss. "But it would've been better if we would've won."
True, but Enunwa continued to be one of the brightest spots of this miserable season by catching five passes (on five targets) for 109 yards, his first career 100-yard game. He now has 43 catches for 643 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Not bad for a second-year pro who was a bit of an afterthought as a third receiver until starter Eric Decker went down with a shoulder injury in Week 3.
Enunwa has shown he can be a huge part of the Jets' offense next season, whether Decker and Brandon Marshall are both back or not.
"I mean, I've shown myself what I know I'm capable of doing," Enunwa said. "Everybody else, I'm still trying to prove. I came into this season hungry. Last year I made so many mistakes and I knew I was better than that. In practice I would make plays but I couldn't put it all together. So this year I've just been trying to make sure I go out there and do exactly what I know I can do.
"I just hope I can keep it going the rest of this year and the rest of my career."
The Jets seem pretty sure that Enunwa, 24, can do just that. He's earned plenty of high praise from his teammates throughout the season.
"He's been the same guy week in and week out," cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "He's been making big plays for us. You can see during the course of the year he's definitely gotten more confident as a player. (Fitzpatrick) is definitely looking for him in the passing game. He's definitely a spark for us on offense."
His acrobatic touchdown catch definitely seemed to spark the Jets in the moment, even though they couldn't hold on in the end. And while the "butt touchdown" likely won't replace the infamous "butt fumble" in Jets' lore, it was still pretty impressive.
"Good thing he does all those squats and got his butt down," Fitzpatrick said. "That was good."