The New York Jets haven’t had much production out of the tight end position in years until Austin Seferian-Jenkins arrived on the scene. He should undoubtedly be brought back in 2018 to continue what he started.
Set to hit free agency this offseason, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had one of the best years of his career in 2017 with the New York Jets. Seferian-Jenkins totaled 357 receiving yards, 50 receptions, and three touchdowns.
Before last season, he worked on himself by conquering his demons and focused on honing his craft to being the best tight end he could possibly be. Clearly, his efforts were worth it as he started off the season red-hot with the Jets but due to a lack of usage on offense, he fizzled out as the year progressed.
The Jets haven’t had much luck with tight ends in the past and even had offensive coordinators that never used the position due to a lack of talent to get the job done. Even before offensive coordinator John Morton came to the Jets last year, former offensive coordinator Chan Gailey never even used tight ends for anything more than extra blockers on offense.
Given more opportunities on offense than the year before, Seferian-Jenkins stepped up and brought a refreshing change of pace to the position. It’s bizarre as to why Morton didn’t incorporate him more on offense later on in the season but Seferian-Jenkins made the most out of it and well, can only go up from here on out.
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At the very least, the Jets would be wise to bring him back on a two-year deal to continue giving him an opportunity to be a difference-maker on offense. At 6’6 and 262 lbs., Seferian-Jenkins is just 25 years old with plenty of good football years ahead of him. He just needs more opportunities to prove what he’s capable of as he’s one of the better tight ends the Jets have had in recent memory. One has to go all the way back to when Dustin Keller was the starting tight end to even remember when someone in the positional group actually did something worth mentioning.
The Jets are continuing to rebuild the right way and well, having a good tight end that can haul in big receptions and be a primary threat in the red-zone can go a very long way towards contending during the regular season. The best part is, the football world has yet to see the best out of Seferian-Jenkins since his potential is through the roof to be a high-quality tight end that can be a catalyst on offense when the football is coming his way.