FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Just before the full contact drills started Sunday, receiver Quincy Enunwa pulled a red (no-contact) pinnie over his jersey. But he still participated in all of the 11-on-11 drills, though he didn’t catch a pass.
“I would say it’s protocol,’’ Enunwa said of the reason for no-contact. “I’m going on their timeline, doing what I need to do. Having fun, though, regardless. It’s not real ly stopping me from doing anything, so I can’t complain.’’
Enunwa, 26, missed all of last season after surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck. His return bolsters a receiving corps headlined by Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor.
Enunwa said he is building chemistry with quarterbacks Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater every day. He appreciated that McCown recently compared him to Anquan Boldin.
“I follow all those big receivers,’’ he said. “So it’s cool to be kind of likened to him.’’
Enunwa, who had 58 catches for 857 yards and four TDs in 2016, said he expects to be a full-time wide receiver and not have the hybrid receiver/tight end role he played two years ago. He wants to be a receiver, he said, and besides, he’s high on the tight end group.
“Luckily, we have tight ends that are some ballers,’’ he said. “I saw Neal [Sterling, a fourth-year tight end from Monmouth] make a play, and we’ve got some young guys making plays, and I think my role will be a receiver and I’m going to do my best to play well at receiver.’’
McGuire to have surgery
Coach Todd Bowles said running back Elijah McGuire will have surgery after suffering a broken foot Friday on the first day of camp. The timetable for his return will be determined after the surgery is complete. The team signed running back George Atkinson and waived tight end Bucky Hodges. Atkinson spent most of last season on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad.
First day of full pads
Sunday was the first day of full-pads practice. “The intensity was good; the physical part was good,’’ Bowles said, but he added that there were some “overzealous’’ players and some things that will need to be “cleaned up.’’ Overall, though, he said he was pleased with the effort.