Austin Seferian-Jenkins

New England Patriots
Tight End #88
New England Patriots
Tight End #88

Austin Seferian-Jenkins News

Arrested on DUI charge

Seferian-Jenkins was arrested March 9 during a traffic stop in Gig Harbor, Wash. on three charges, including one count of driving under the influence, Scott Eklund of reports.

Analysis: The DUI arrest is Seferian-Jenkins' third since 2013, and his second since entering the NFL as a second-round pick of Tampa Bay in 2014. After being cut by the Patriots last June, the 27-year-old tight end remained out of football for the entire 2019 season while tending to unspecified personal issues, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. If he elects to resume his playing career, Seferian-Jenkins could be subject to a suspension from the league in light of his latest arrest.

Mar 16, 2020 8:49 AM EST

Will be released by Patriots

The Patriots will release Seferian-Jenkins, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the tight end plans to step away from football for a month to tend to personal matters. It remains to be seen if Seferian-Jenkins will catch on elsewhere after that time, or perhaps even re-join the Patriots. In any case, now that he is no longer in the mix, Ben Watson (suspension), Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo, Stephen Anderson and Andrew Beck remain on New England's tight end depth chart.

Jun 4, 2019 10:58 AM EST

Sits out OTA

Seferian-Jenkins didn't participate in Thursday's voluntary OTAs, the Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins' absence was excused, but the tight end is expected to return for the team's upcoming minicamp. Once he takes the field with his new team, Seferian-Jenkins will compete for tight end snaps with Benjamin Watson and Matt LaCosse, among others, as the Patrios look to fill the void created by the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. While Seferian-Jenkins has yet to establish himself as a consistent fantasy option, the 2014 second-rounder does bring a nice combination of size and athleticism to the table. Though his role in the New England offense has yet to be determined, there's potential value to had in whichever tight end eventually secures the largest share of targets vacated by Gronkowski.

May 23, 2019 2:08 PM EST

Joining Patriots post-Gronk

Seferian-Jenkins is signing a one-year contract with New England, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old tight end played through two hernia tears during his lone campaign in Jacksonville, catching 11 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in five games before he finally had season-ending surgery Oct. 9. While yet to display consistency to go with his impressive combination of size and athleticism, Seferian-Jenkins does have a nice opportunity ahead of him in New England, where there's a Gronk-size hole in the starting lineup. Granted, the Patriots signed Matt LaCosse in mid-March and figure to select at least one tight end during the 2019 NFL Draft. Presumably healthy for the start of the team's offseason program, Seferian-Jenkins will need to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster, not to mention regular snaps. There is some potential for regular fantasy contributions if he wins the starting job.

Apr 10, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Played through hernia tears

Seferian-Jenkins suffered two hernia tears during the first week of training camp in 2018, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Signed to a two-year, $10.5 million contract last offseason, Seferian-Jenkins fought through the injuries for five games before landing on injured reserve in early October. The Jaguars already announced that the 26-year-old tight end won't be brought back for the second season of his contract, though the move hasn't quite been made official. Given the role injuries played in his disappointing 2018 campaign, Seferian-Jenkins may find another opportunity to compete for a starting job. He should be healthy before the start of the offseason program, if he isn't already.

Feb 22, 2019 7:31 AM EST

Headed for free agency

The Jaguars announced Monday that they won't exercise Seferian-Jenkins' contract option for 2019, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins logged 11 receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown across five games with the Jaguars in 2018, before his season was cut short due to a core-muscle injury. Jacksonville signed the tight end after his 2017 career year with the Jets, during which time he recorded 50 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns, and now elects to part ways with the 26-year-old after a single season. Seferian-Jenkins is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 13, at the start of the league year.

Feb 18, 2019 2:34 PM EST

Future with team not decided

Though Seferian-Jenkins, whose 2018 season was cut short due to a core-muscle injury, tweeted a message that suggested his time with the Jaguars was over, Tad Dickman, the team's director of public relations, said a decision on that front has not yet been made,'s Nick Shook reports.

Analysis: With that in mind, the Jaguars have until Feb. 19 to make a call on Seferian-Jenkins' 2019 contract option. In five games with the team before being placed on IR in October, the tight end caught 11 passes for 90 yards and a TD. The 26-year-old joined Jacksonville as a free agent after logging 50 catches for 357 yards and three TDs in 13 games for the Jets in 2017.

Jan 24, 2019 2:02 PM EST

Undergoes surgery

Seferian-Jenkins underwent surgery Tuesday to address the core-muscle injury that resulted in his placement on injured reserve, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins will thus be stuck on injured reserve for at least the next eight weeks, but the procedure won't necessarily spell an end to his season. The 26-year-old is believed to be facing an approximate recovery time of around six weeks. If his rehab goes according to plan, he'll likely be ready to return from IR when immediately eligible, assuming Jacksonville wants to use one of its two designated-to-return spots on the tight end. In the meantime, James O'Shaughnessy and Niles Paul are likely to vie for additional snaps at the position.

Oct 9, 2018 1:36 PM EST

Scheduled for surgery

Seferian-Jenkins is scheduled for surgery on the core muscle injury that landed him on on injured reserve,'s Michael DiRocco reports.

Analysis: The Jaguars hope to get their top tight end back before the end of the season, though he won't be eligible to return from IR until Week 14 at Tennessee. The team will rely on James O'Shaughnessy and Niles Paul in the meantime, with a lack of pass-catching talent at tight end hinting at a heavy reliance on wide receivers and running backs in the passing game. That had already been the case even with everyone healthy, as Seferian-Jenkins has caught just 11 of 19 targets for 90 yards and a score through five games. Paul made some noise in Sunday's 30-14 loss to Kansas City, catching seven of nine targets for 65 yards in a game that saw Blake Bortles attempt 61 passes.

Oct 8, 2018 11:58 AM EST

Headed for IR

Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle) is being placed on injured reserve, but he may be able to rejoin the Jaguars later this season, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins has been playing through a core muscle injury all season, forcing the Jaguars to reduce his snap share the past two weeks. It's unclear if he's scheduled for surgery or merely a prolonged period of rest, but either way he'll be ineligible to play for the next eight weeks. James O'Shaughnessy and Niles Paul will fill in at tight end, likely forming a timeshare after both played less than half of the snaps in Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Chiefs.

Oct 8, 2018 9:51 AM EST

Upgrades to full practice

Seferian-Jenkins (core-muscle injury) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Analysis: The activity was enough for Seferian-Jenkins to avoid an injury tag heading into the weekend, so he should face no limitations in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. The Jaguars' starting tight end has seen consistent volume through the first four weeks, earning either four or five targets and notching two or three receptions in each contest.

Oct 5, 2018 1:07 PM EST

Logs limited session

Seferian-Jenkins (core-muscle injury) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins has been a fixture on the Jaguars' injury reports all season with the core-muscle issue, but it's never seriously threatened his availability for game action. His return to the practice field in any capacity Thursday suggests he likely won't be in any jeopardy of missing Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs. Through the Jaguars' first four games of 2018, the tight end has hauled in 11 of 19 targets for 90 yards and a score.

Oct 4, 2018 3:19 PM EST

In line for return to practice

Seferian-Jenkins (abdomen) is expected to return to practice Thursday.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins has frequently missed practice this season due to a core muscle issue, which was the case Wednesday as well. The injury has yet to force the tight end out of game action, though he did play a season-low 36 snaps Week 4 against the Jets. Those considering the fringe fantasy option should continue monitoring his status leading up to the Week 5 matchup in Kansas City.

Oct 4, 2018 7:02 AM EST

Missing practice with core-muscle issue

Seferian-Jenkins (core-muscle injury) isn't expected to practice Wednesday.

Analysis: The same issue has resulted in Seferian-Jenkins' practice reps being restricted for each of the first four weeks of the season, but it hasn't prevented him from suiting up once game day arrives. With the Jaguars providing no indication that Seferian-Jenkins suffered a significant setback during Sunday's win over the Jets, expect him to ultimately start at tight end and lead the position group in snaps Week 5 at Kansas City.

Oct 3, 2018 7:25 AM EST

Sees lighter workload

Seferian-Jenkins caught 2-of-4 targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 31-12 win over the Jets.

Analysis: QB Blake Bortles totaled 388 passing yards Sunday, but Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncrief did the bulk of the damage for the Jags. Seferian-Jenkins played only 36-of-77 offensive snaps, while backups James O'Shaughnessy and Niles Paul played 34 and 28 snaps, respectively. More alarmingly, O'Shaughnessy and Paul combined to catch four-of-five targets for 39 yards. ASJ had seen the bulk of the tight end snaps through the first three weeks of the season, but it's difficult to glean anything from the situation considering the Jags essentially controlled Sunday's game from the start. The 26-year-old has 11 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown through Week 4.

Oct 1, 2018 4:50 PM EST

Good to go this week

Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle) is no longer listed on the Jaguars' Week 4 injury report.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins has caught three passes in each of his first three games this season (on 14 targets overall) for a combined 66 yards and one TD. His modest counting numbers provide him with a degree of utility in deeper formats, but perhaps facing the team he played for last year (the Jets) will spark the tight end's Week 4 production.

Sep 28, 2018 2:13 PM EST

To practice again Thursday

Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle) is expected to practice again Thursday, Michael DiRocco of reports.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins was limited at Wednesday's practice with an injury he's reportedly been nursing since the start of the regular season, but the tight end is yet to miss a game and seems to be on track to play again Sunday. Look for Seferian-Jenkins' workload in practice to increase throughout the week.

Sep 27, 2018 7:38 AM EST

Limited to start week

Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins was listed on the injury report with the same issue the past three weeks and has yet to miss a game. He's been oddly consistent in terms of workload, drawing exactly five targets each week while logging a snap share between 82 and 88 percent. We thus have a nice baseline for what to expect in Sunday's game against the Jets.

Sep 26, 2018 2:48 PM EST

Three catches Sunday

Seferian-Jenkins caught three of five targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins has three catches and five targets in each of the first three games this season, but has only 66 yards to show for it. The 25-year-old is the clear top tight end for Jacksonville, but has seen limited downfield opportunities through Week 3. Seferian-Jenkins continues to be a touchdown-reliant fantasy option as the Jaguars match up against the Jets this week.

Sep 24, 2018 8:17 PM EST

Good to go this week

Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle) did not draw an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins will be out there if you need him this weekend, but consecutive three-catch efforts for a combined 48 receiving yards through two games are indicative of the modest fantasy ceiling the tight end possesses when he's not doing damage in the end zone, which he did in Week 2's win over the Patriots.

Sep 21, 2018 11:21 AM EST

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