Austin Seferian-Jenkins here for a good time (and a long time)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins here for a good time (and a long time)
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In what has been a roller coaster type season for the New York Jets so far, it’s easy enough to see where that same roller coaster has reached it’s peaks, and where it has reached it’s lows.

And while there has been a fair share of both half way through the season for the Jets, one lone bright spot has been everyone’s favorite part of the Jets’ amusement park ride: Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

The Jets have never really been a team to utilize the tight end position to its full potential as it is difficult to map out some lone standouts in Jets history. Some that come to mind: Dustin Keller, Anthony Becht, Johnny Mitchell and Kyle Brady – all of whom were solid for Gang Green, but never exceptional or stellar.

In that regard, Seferian-Jenkins is quickly working his way up and making his mark in the Gang Green history books.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins here for a good time (and a long time)
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As a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Seferian-Jenkins flourished in his first two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, amassing 559 yards and catching six touchdowns.

Things quickly took a turn for the worse however as Dirk Koetter took over as the Bucs’ offensive coordinator. ASJ’s production took a slashing as the two were never truly able to get on the same page, leaving Seferian-Jenkins in extreme frustration.

That same frustration became a career changer for Seferian-Jenkins, as alcohol began to consume his time off the field. He found himself under arrest on his second suspicion of DUI last September, and was likely looked at around the league as a troublesome player that teams were likely not willing to take a chance on.

But the Jets saw something in the young prospect.

They claimed ASJ off waivers in 2016 with a target on their back. If he did not turn his life in the right direction, the Jets would suffer from top to bottom.

Luckily, Seferian-Jenkins was willing. By the end of 2016, ASJ had announced he had gave up drinking entirely and was willing to prove himself in a league that can turn on you fast.

Since his life-changing announcement, Seferian-Jenkins has lost 33 pounds as he continues to make plays not only on the field, but in his personal life.

So far this season, Seferian-Jenkins has 26 catches for 173 yards and three scores (should be four…) as he continues to be a focal point for a Jets offense that was projected to be one of, if not the worst in the league.

And while it may not be on his mind at the moment, especially with the Jets exceeding season expectations in hunt for a potential playoff spot, ASJ is a free agent come March, and the Jets haven’t announced any sort of new deal quite yet.

But ASJ isn’t too worried about that:

In recent interviews, Seferian-Jenkins has praised his teammates and head coach Todd Bowles for supporting him in his great start with his new team. He reportedly plans to purchase an offseason home in New Jersey, further implicating his love for the area and franchise.

Depending on how negotiations with the Jets go in the future, ASJ has the opportunity to become one of the Jets greatest tight ends ever, and in the eyes of many, it seems as though he deserves it.

– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for cover32/Jets and covers the New York Jets. His is also a weekly contributor to cover32/Fantasy. Like and follow on

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