By Mateo Aycardi
Name: Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Position: Tight end
2018 stats: 11 receptions, 90 yards, one touchdown
The skinny: Drafted No. 38 overall in the 2014 NFL draft, Seferian-Jenkins was initially perceived to be a reliable pickup for a Tampa Bay team looking for some size. With three subpar seasons under his belt, and an arrest for DUI in September 2016, Seferian-Jenkins eventually landed with the Jets and put up a career-high 357 receiving yards in 2017. This successful return to form allowed Jenkins to sign a two-year deal with the Jaguars last offseason, which he never quite lived up to.
At his best, Seferian-Jenkins is a serviceable tight end with elite athleticism that can do most of his damage in the passing game. But there are several question marks that arose during his lone season with Jacksonville (including injuries), that might give future teams pause at giving him a contract. The Jaguars recently announced they were not picking up his contract, thus making him a free agent.
Why he's a fit for Patriots: With Rob Gronkowski’s future with the team up in the air, the Patriots would be wise to buy low on a player like Seferian-Jenkins. At his best, he is a dangerous weapon in the passing game with a great frame that would make life easier for Tom Brady and Co. He is only one year removed from amassing 357 yards in the passing game, and the Patriots don’t need him to be a focal point of the offense.
If New England acquires Seferian-Jenkins for a cheap price now and he proves to be reliable to some degree, they could once again find themselves with a cheap investment that turned to profit.