For two seasons, the Jets’ faithful have been waiting to hear a tight end’s name being called during draft day. Jace Amaro was a bust. There is no sugar coating it. Amaro’s 2nd Round price tag had him ticketed for the starting lineup for years to come. Then, after a season of less than stellar production, the Jets were looking for someone to come in and compete and push Amaro for the starting job. That never materialized. Now Gang Green just needs someone to come in and catch some balls; enter Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Seferian-Jenkins, alum of the University of Washington, was previously arrested while in college in 2013 for DUI. After Friday’s arrest, Tampa Bay waived him, and on Monday, he was claimed by the Jets. While the Jets have a major need at the position, do they really need a potential mistake or distraction in the form of ASJ’s on and off the field antics? His talent alone may have kept him on the Bucs’ roster but he was infamous for clashing with the coaching staff. A strong veteran locker room like the Jets, armed with mental health advocate Brandon Marshall, should be strong enough to reel him in.
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Zach Sudfeld, Jeff Cumberland, Jace Amaro; these were the players on the Jets roster last year. We rarely heard from them during games. We just knew they were on the roster but they rarely caught balls. Now hopefully we have someone who can catch, and can contribute to help open things up for the receiving corps. If Seferian-Jenkins is able to get open, then linebackers alone won’t cover him anymore, and he will get a safety on him. That will open the door for Marshall, Quincy Enunwa, and Eric Decker to get less double teams. Ryan Fitzpatrick needs another outlet besides Matt Forte if the opposing team brings the heat. Someone who can hurt the defense and force them to game plan around him. That is what the Jets want and need out of Austin. Not too much, good blocking and get open when it’s a passing situation. If we can see that out of him, the offense will be upgraded immensely.