Patriots cut Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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The ASJ era is over in New England. There was one?

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has gotten his walking papers from the Patriots, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com. The move came during the team’s mandatory minicamp.

The former Buccaneers, Jet, and Jaguars was a second-round pick in Tampa five years ago. He had received a $50,000 signing bonus to join the Patriots, which is all he’ll have to show for his time with the team.

Coupled with veteran tight end Ben Watson‘s four-game PED suspension, the Patriots have a real need at the position. They’ve been linked via rumor to Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is entering the final year of his contract.

68 responses to “Patriots cut Austin Seferian-Jenkins

  1. Wow. He showed promise that first year, now my man can’t even make it to the pre-season in a great situation for a team that really needs TE help.

    Unless he is in yet to be announced trouble that tells you a lot about the guy.

  2. Wouldn’t be surprised if a trade has already been agreed to. Patriots give Vikings a 6th round pick and Rudolph signs a 4 year extension.

  3. I remember when the Patriots signed him all the Pats homers downvoted every comment that was saying he’s crap and won’t make the team. Turns out Pats homers are terrible general managers although they think they are elite.

  4. I don’t like the sound of this. I want to keep Kyle with the Vikes. 6th round pick, HA! Belechick may be great at getting value picks or players, but he’s not getting a guy up for a 5 year extension and a top 10 TE in the league for a 6th rounder. 3rd, maybe 4th. No less.

  5. MNfaninIL says:
    June 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Wouldn’t be surprised if a trade has already been agreed to. Patriots give Vikings a 6th round pick and Rudolph signs a 4 year extension.
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    Four-year extension sounds right, but it will be with the Vikings, not the Patriots. What would possess the Vikings to give away Rudolph for nothing?

  6. PFT answered their own question, ASJ is working through personal issues.

    I liked LaCosse with Denver last season so I hope he does well in NE.

  7. “Patriots are going to miss the Playoffs this year. Book it”

    Lolz whenever someone on this site uses the phrase “book it” they are almost invariably wrong.

    As to ASJ, wish I could make a quick 50k for signing a paper and coming to work for less than a month before being fired. That may be small potatoes to an NFL player but he’s got nothing to complain about.

  8. “They’ll just put more RBs on the field. They have at least 2 dozen of them”

    It seems very clear the Pats are morphing from the TE heavy offense centered around Gronk more in the direction of RBs and wideouts. N’Keal Harry is a big body wideout, and if Gordon is reinstated that gives them 2 of those to go with Edelman and the smaller wideouts.

    One thing McDaniels has proven excellent at is morphing the offense to fit the personnel the Pats have for any given game.

  9. He asked to be released for personal reasons. He may come back in a month.

  10. Belichick always has a plan and all his moves are calculated.

    If that’s so why did he get busted for cheating….genius…..or is it stable genius? Is there truth to the rumor he is working on a cure for cancer in his spare time or is that just fanboy hype….if anyone should know it would be Fanboy Rick

  11. chrisg5988 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Patriots are going to miss the Playoffs this year. Book it

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    I guess we will just have to watch.

  12. superpatriotsfan says: “I remember when the Patriots signed him all the Pats homers downvoted every comment that was saying he’s crap and won’t make the team. Turns out Pats homers are terrible general managers although they think they are elite.”
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    TROLL. Patriots announced April 10 with posting by Darin Gantt. Just third post down by patfanken:

    “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” 68 AGREED, only 5 downvotes.

    WHAT WERE YOU SAYING?

  13. superpatriotsfan says:
    June 4, 2019 at 2:10 pm
    I remember when the Patriots signed him all the Pats homers downvoted every comment that was saying he’s crap and won’t make the team. Turns out Pats homers are terrible general managers although they think they are elite.

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    Patriots fans aren’t general managers. We are just fans that like when the Patriots win. Same as fans of any other team. I think everyone hoped he could contribute as he had a few big games against the Patriots.

  14. “It seems very clear the Pats are morphing from the TE heavy offense centered around Gronk more in the direction of RBs and wideouts. N’Keal Harry is a big body wideout, and if Gordon is reinstated that gives them 2 of those to go with Edelman and the smaller wideouts.”

    It was a joke. The Patriots are good at utilizing their personnel to create consistent gameplans, but they have a serious depth issue at TE that does need addressed. If not you are at a disadvantage. Gordon will never be back and Harry is a rookie. Edelman is a great WR, everyone else is, eh. Josh will have his work cut out for him this year in getting creative to cover for the holes in the offense.

  15. There will be many more moves in BBs annual 5 dimensional chess game. No use to speculate, the rest of us can only see 3 if we’re lucky. Pats fans can relax and watch it slowly play out, but for rest of league it’s like being drawn and quartered in slo mo.

  16. As to ASJ, wish I could make a quick 50k for signing a paper and coming to work for less than a month before being fired. That may be small potatoes to an NFL player but he’s got nothing to complain about.

    Except for the whole “alcohol addiction that forces him to quit working” part, yeah.

  17. chrisg5988 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Patriots are going to miss the Playoffs this year. Book it

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    I’d sure like to see it, but I doubt it. The division remains weak which is 5-6 wins right there and even though I cannot stand NE, I’ll believe they don’t make it only when they don’t make it.

  18. So, it’s basically and Izzo, Jones, LaCosse and that Texas kid in the mix.

    Barring a move for Kyle Rudolph. Regardless, it’s true their 1 body shy here.

  19. jman967 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    “It seems very clear the Pats are morphing from the TE heavy offense centered around Gronk more in the direction of RBs and wideouts. N’Keal Harry is a big body wideout, and if Gordon is reinstated that gives them 2 of those to go with Edelman and the smaller wideouts.”

    It was a joke. The Patriots are good at utilizing their personnel to create consistent gameplans, but they have a serious depth issue at TE that does need addressed. If not you are at a disadvantage. Gordon will never be back and Harry is a rookie. Edelman is a great WR, everyone else is, eh. Josh will have his work cut out for him this year in getting creative to cover for the holes in the offense.

    1 2 Thank You

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    Umm, Dorsett is a solid little WR, and when you have such a loaded RB group like this and the best OL in the league, with this QB, I am psretty sure it’s not as dire as you think.

    You people clearly only started watching the Pats in 2007.

    No one was handwringing with Christian Fauria and Antowain Smith running the ball in 2003 with David Givens at the X and Branch on the other side.

    Good grief. Give it a rest. The team can’t have the best personnel at every single position.

  20. Thank heaven, this guy (ASJ) is the Sam Bradford of tight ends. Didn’t take long for this team to see through him.

  21. chrisg5988 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Patriots are going to miss the Playoffs this year. Book it
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    Brave prediction on June 4..In December, if you’re right I’m sure you’ll remind us but if not no one is going to remember. Seeing as you’re so sure as to ‘book it’ how about a little insight as to who will take the AFC slots?

  22. “Umm, Dorsett is a solid little WR, and when you have such a loaded RB group like this and the best OL in the league, with this QB, I am psretty sure it’s not as dire as you think.

    You people clearly only started watching the Pats in 2007.”

    It’s an immensely different league now than in 2003. So comparing now to then is silly. Secondly I didn’t even hint at the word dire. I simply said it’s going to be a tough task for McDaniels to cover up for the serious lack of depth at TE. They went from having one of the best last year, to a depleted pantry of nothing this year. A RB is not a TE and neither is a WR. Edelman is great, Dorsett isn’t really much. Harry is a rookie and Gordon is all but a former NFL player.
    It’s clear any semblance of negativity towards the Pats that isn’t blind homerism triggers you to start rage posting.

  23. ibillwt says:
    June 4, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    There will be many more moves in BBs annual 5 dimensional chess game.
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    I would love to actually play Belichick at chess, he wouldn’t know what hit him.

  24. The Pats don’t cut Jenkins & lose leverage on a Rudolph trade. They bluff with Jenkins. The ONLY way they get Rudolph and make this move is if there is already a deal in place for Rudolph

  25. ricko1112 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Belichick always has a plan and all his moves are calculated.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    No, he doesn’t. He does a great job planning – probably designs more different game plans in a season for both offense and defense than most coaches have done their entire careers – but nobody can plan for everything. What Belichick does better than anyone is adjust depending on whatever the circumstances. He’s brilliant at it, whether between seasons, games, or mid-game. He’s also fortunate to have a QB who is just as flexible with the game plan (and one of several reasons why Brady is arguably the best QB ever).

  26. “It’s an immensely different league now than in 2003. So comparing now to then is silly. Secondly I didn’t even hint at the word dire. I simply said it’s going to be a tough task for McDaniels to cover up for the serious lack of depth at TE. They went from having one of the best last year, to a depleted pantry of nothing this year. A RB is not a TE and neither is a WR. Edelman is great, Dorsett isn’t really much. Harry is a rookie and Gordon is all but a former NFL player.”

    These are all fair points and in the end MAY prove to be valid. But here are some facts to at least consider. While the TE position has been a key element of the Pats offense for about a decade, last season all the Pats TE’s COMBINED managed only 700 yds receiving and 4 TD’s So the reality is that the bar whatever TE combination the Pats manage to scrap together isn’t very high. Remember the Pats won a superbowl where Brady threw for just TWO TD’s in the playoffs 9 of their 11 TD’s came on the ground. It should be pointed out that the Pats DID average over 313ypg in the playoffs in the air and Gronk 4th most receiving yds (192), the Pats did MOST of their damage on the ground leading the playoffs by far in YPG and TOP.

    The Pats were one of only 2 teams in the league to run a 3-4 as a base at the beginning of the century. Back in 2012 when most teams were now running a 3-4 Bill switched back to a 4-3 base because that was what his talent was. So while the rest of the league might be getting ready to play a modified version of flag football, Bill will figure out a way to play to whatever talent he happens to have.

    Gronk WILL be greatly missed. It could be argued he was the greatest 2 way TE ever to play the game. You don’t “replace” a first ballot HOFer. You simply do the best you can.

  27. The division remains weak

    Every division would appear weak if the Patriots were in it.

  28. He had a promising start in Jacksonville, but the injury doomed him. This is probably the end of the line.

  29. Brobokil says:
    June 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm
    I don’t like the sound of this. I want to keep Kyle with the Vikes. 6th round pick, HA! Belechick may be great at getting value picks or players, but he’s not getting a guy up for a 5 year extension and a top 10 TE in the league for a 6th rounder. 3rd, maybe 4th. No less.

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    BB will be dealing with a team that guaranteed $84M to a QB who can’t even beat a team with a winning record. When BB is done, the Vikings will be giving NE Rudolph and a draft pick.

  30. superpatriotsfan says:
    June 4, 2019 at 2:10 pm
    I remember when the Patriots signed him all the Pats homers downvoted every comment that was saying he’s crap and won’t make the team. Turns out Pats homers are terrible general managers although they think they are elite.

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    Thats not why everyone downvotes your comments.

    Lots of guys wont make the team. Anyone that gets worked up over cuts is going to have a busy summer.

    Who knows what the Pats general managers think they are? Perhaps they don’t waste time worrying about it. They figure thats your job and you have it covered.

  31. cobrala2 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 3:11 pm
    Things have gone swimmingly for Belichick & Co. this offseason.

    5 10 Rate This

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    actually, they have

    resigning dorsett and simon, getting bennett, pennel and parry, while also keeping jason mccourty and extending edelman who have been well under the radar

    throw in an untapped 2018 draft class with this one and watch out

    miami, here we
    come

  32. They’ll move Wynn to TE for their power run game. He’s way too small to play tackle anyways

  33. Former Patriot Shane Vereen’s comments this week on the Pat’s offense.

    “This offense is an offense that morphs to the talents of its players. It’s not an offense where you get guys and fit them into the offense. The offense fits around the talent of the players, which is why every week it looks different, which is why different guys are featured, which is why defenses are scratching their heads trying to figure out who to stop.

    “It’s a very fluid offense, which makes it complicated, but once you get it anybody has a chance to be successful.”

  34. “I remember when the Patriots signed him all the Pats homers downvoted every comment that was saying he’s crap and won’t make the team.”

    No people downvote you because you posted the exact same idiotic drivel on every Pats article for years, and after doing so literally several thousand times you somehow still think you’re being clever or funny.

    And its far from just Pats fans that downvote you.

  35. cobrala2 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 3:11 pm
    Things have gone swimmingly for Belichick & Co. this offseason.
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    Well of course they have. They get their SUPER BOWL CHAMPION RINGS this week!

  36. Vasteelerfan says:
    June 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    Belichick always has a plan and all his moves are calculated.

    If that’s so why did he get busted for cheating….genius…..or is it stable genius? Is there truth to the rumor he is working on a cure for cancer in his spare time or is that just fanboy hype….if anyone should know it would be Fanboy Rick

    Another crybaby jealous Steelers fan.

    It must suck to know Brady OWNS your Steelers.
    And all this time you thought it was the Rooney’s

  37. Vasteelerfan says:
    June 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    Belichick always has a plan and all his moves are calculated.

    If that’s so why did he get busted for cheating….genius…..or is it stable genius? Is there truth to the rumor he is working on a cure for cancer in his spare time or is that just fanboy hype….if anyone should know it would be Fanboy Rick

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    Has BB ever attempted to trip an opposing player on a return play? Oh year that was Mike Tomlin in the worst display of sportsmanship in NFL history

  38. Why? you already lost Watxson. oh well Belicheck is a G.O.A.T. he knows what hes doing

  39. Patriots are going to miss the Playoffs this year. Book it.

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    You must be a new football fan.

  40. chrisg5988 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Patriots are going to miss the Playoffs this year. Book it
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    You’ve never seen the Pats have you? LOL sure ,buddy, sure.

  41. imagine the pats going with two or even one running back playing out of the tight end position who can block and catch …. can ya say match up nightmare ?? …. as the team goes with the talent they have from year to year ….and let the opposing defence have the fear, as would be fun to see cause somebody will be getting open quick on the LB stuck in the quick snap coverage huh

  42. In other news, newly released Austin Seferian-Jenkins, has reportedly garnered interest from the Detroit Lions (Ba-dum-tsh)

  43. chrisg5988 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Patriots are going to miss the Playoffs this year. Book it
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    Nah, I make it a rule not to make foolish decisions with my money. Now on the other hand if you feel confident about your prognosis pony up the $$$$ and watch it float away come playoff time.

  44. bigbenisabigbaby says:
    June 4, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    ibillwt says:
    June 4, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    There will be many more moves in BBs annual 5 dimensional chess game.
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    I would love to actually play Belichick at chess, he wouldn’t know what hit him.

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    Yeah, he might not even notice he got hit.

  45. chrisg5988 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Patriots are going to miss the Playoffs this year. Book it

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    Yeah, some ex jets player was what was totally going to make or break them. Right.

  46. canadianpatsfan says:
    June 4, 2019 at 9:12 pm
    imagine the pats going with two or even one running back playing out of the tight end position who can block and catch …. can ya say match up nightmare ?? …. as the team goes with the talent they have from year to year ….and let the opposing defence have the fear, as would be fun to see cause somebody will be getting open quick on the LB stuck in the quick snap coverage huh

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    I imagine they will at least take a look at Winovich since he has played it before. It would be in closed practice and we will never know how it went unless they did find something they wanted to use. But knowing BB he will take the look.

  47. Come on, this is purely a cover story; ASJ– like Schiano– took one look at the “program” in Foxboro and said count me out. The Patriots prove each year that yes, Cheaters can win, but guys like ASJ and Schiano are further proof that Winners never Cheat.

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