Patriots sign tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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The Patriots addressed their need at tight end, giving a chance to a player who could be a factor in their passing game.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Patriots are signing Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one-year deal.

The Jaguars declined the option on the second year of his contract, after a core muscle injury shortened his one season there. He caught 11 passes for 90 yards in five games with the Jaguars.

When well and eligible he has been productive, as he caught 50 passes in 13 games for the Jets in 2017, after he was suspended the first two games of the season for violating the league’s substances of abuse policy.

The Patriots need all the help they can get at the position, after the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. Seferian-Jenkins can’t reasonably replace him, but he’s a solid part to add to the mix with Jacob Hollister, Stephen Anderson, Matt LaCosse, and Ryan Izzo.

24 responses to “Patriots sign tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins

  1. I remember when, with the Jets, he caught a TD pass against NE that was later overturned. It was a less popular version of “what constitutes a catch”.

  2. This is a decent signing. Liked him a lot out of colllege, but he’s been pretty much a disappointment. He DID catch 50 passes for the Jets. 😮

    He either has a solid year and gets paid like Trent Brown did, or he won’t make the 53. I still think the Pats double dip at TE in this draft. ASJ is NOT the long term solution to the TE position for the Pats

  3. vikings1234 says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:10 pm
    I remember when, with the Jets, he caught a TD pass against NE that was later overturned. It was a less popular version of “what constitutes a catch”.
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    Actually the pass counted, but he fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line and recovering it out of bounds, resulting in a touchback. There was a dead on photo showing the ball floating in space for a moment before he crossed the plane of the goal line.

  4. bounce back year for him. (barring injury)

    he will do well, 30-45 catches max, 475- 545+ yards 6 TD’s

    The Patriots have a way of turning guys like this one back into respectable players
    even if it is only for one year.

  5. I would not expect much. He has only started 29 games in his five year career.

    And in his “career year” with the Jets in 2017, he averaged 7 yards a catch.

  6. Davew128: He never actually fumbled the ball -for a ball to be a fumble, the ball has to actually, you know, HIT THE GROUND.
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    Not quite. If a receiver has possession of the football then gets stripped with the ball going up in the air instead of down to the ground and lands in the opponents hands, that would be a fumble.

  7. vicnocal says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:31 pm
    Davew128: He never actually fumbled the ball -for a ball to be a fumble, the ball has to actually, you know, HIT THE GROUND.
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    Then I suggest you look up the definition of what a fumble is, and post back why you’re wrong.

  8. Too funny. There was a reason the Jets and Jags let him go. He’s pretty much done. But then again, Pats fans will declare that Belicheat will turn him around and get a first round draft pick for him. LOL!

  9. Tight end will be a dog fight in camp I doubt they keep more then two with devs a defacto tight end.

  10. ajg314 says:
    April 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm
    Too funny. There was a reason the Jets and Jags let him go. He’s pretty much done. But then again, Pats fans will declare that Belicheat will turn him around and get a first round draft pick for him. LOL!
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    A one year deal for the veteran minimum. From a risk/reward standpoint what’s not to like?

  11. ajg314 says:
    April 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm
    Too funny. There was a reason the Jets and Jags let him go. He’s pretty much done. But then again, Pats fans will declare that Belicheat will turn him around and get a first round draft pick for him. LOL!

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    Not really declaring anything either way. But a one year vet min deal is a smart flier to take. If its just not working out then off he goes and no biggie. And if it is….

  12. Using the jets and the jags for a comparison is not a wise choice. The Patriots signed him for next to nothing(his choice) and if he puts the effort in it may turn out to be a good thing for both. If not, nothing lost.

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