The New England Patriots have signed veteran tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Seferian-Jenkins is entering his sixth NFL season with four different teams during his career. Now, he will be tagged with the responsibility of replacing Rob Gronkowski in 2019. Gronkowski retired after producing a Hall of Fame career.
Jenkins has a couple things in common with Gronkowski. They both came from PAC-12 schools. Seferian-Jenkins played for the Washington Huskies and became the No. 38 overall selection in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. He has been always set to have a big season. However, injuries have really limited Seferian-Jenkins from reaching his full potential.
In fact, Seferian-Jenkins has not played more than 13 games in a single NFL season. During his previous stop in the AFC East, Seferian-Jenkins participated in 13 games with the New York Jets. Many fans may remember, Jenkins’ fumble at the goal line against the Patriots a couple of seasons ago. Instead of scoring a touchdown, the Patriots got the ball due to touchback.
Jenkins still had his best season in 2017 with the Jets. He finished with 50 receptions for 357 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, his short stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars was a forgettable one. Last season, he only caught 11 passes in 5 games. They were supposed to challenge for the AFC title, but the season went awry. Now, he has an opportunity to play with the defending Super Bowl champions.
In all, Seferian-Jenkins has 116 receptions for 1,116 yards, 11 touchdowns during his career. He’s played in 43 total games. If the Patriots can get 16 games out of Seferian-Jenkins, they may have really found a quality tight end for cheap next season. However, he hasn’t been able to show more than a few flashes of brilliance in the NFL.