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Jaguars FILM ROOM: Breaking down TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ 2017 tape

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The Jacksonville Jaguars failed to address the tight end position in the 2018 NFL Draft, while many spectators expected them to land a prospect such as Hayden Hurst, Mike Gesicki or Dallas Goedert.

When the Jaguars passed on all three in favor of defensive tackle Taven Bryan in round one, the answer was clear: The Jaguars are comfortable with the tight ends they have on the roster. One reason for this thought process was the acquisition of tight-end Austin Seferian-Jenkins via free agency in March.

Who is Austin Seferian-Jenkins?

The Jaguars came into free agency with only a few obvious needs: wide receiver, tight end, and left guard. To address the tight-end position, at least for the short-term, the team turned to Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Seferian-Jenkins began his career in 2015 as a 2nd round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his time as a Buc, he accumulated 45 receptions, 603 yards, and seven touchdowns. Unfortunately, due to an arrest for driving under the influence, the Buccaneers were forced to waive Seferian-Jenkins after just two games in 2016.

ASJ was claimed by the New York Jets shortly after his arrest. He recorded 10 catches for 110 yards during the rest of his 2016 season in New York, but it was in 2017 when Seferian-Jenkins finally came into his own. After serving a 3-game suspension for substance abuse, Seferian-Jenkins accumulated 50 catches, 357 yards, and three touchdowns.

What does the Film tell us?

There are many things to like about Seferian-Jenkins’s potential with the Jaguars including some of the plays he was able to make with the Jets.

One reason the Jaguars brought in Seferian-Jenkins was to replace the production Allen Robinson brought in the red zone as far as catching touchdowns.

Here, Seferian-Jenkins is split out wide to the right and runs a simple fade route. He is able to use his body to evade and outmuscle the defender and displays great concentration to bring in the ball for what should have been a touchdown.

This was shockingly ruled incomplete, as were a few of ASJ’s touchdowns last season.

Another aspect of Seferian-Jenkins’s game is his ability to break through arm tackles as well as using his strength near the goal line to bully his way into the end zone.

Although former Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis was capable of using his strength to break through tackles as well, he very rarely used this strength to his advantage, and may not have been as nimble as Seferian-Jenkins is seen here.

Seferian-Jenkins’s frame allows for him to effortlessly outjump linebackers in coverage as well. Here, he catches a perfectly thrown ball in the seem over linebacker Telvin Smith with ease. Something tight-end Marcedes Lewis used to do during his tenure with the Jaguars, Seferian-Jenkins made a knack of catching balls in the middle of the field with the Jets last season.

  

This illustrates some of the ways the Jaguars may attempt to use Seferian-Jenkins this year. He has an impressive ability to outmaneuver defenders in coverage, and if he cannot, he has the ability to overpower them.

One of the deficiencies in Seferian-Jenkins’ game could be his blocking. The Jets rarely used Seferian-Jenkins as a blocker for the run or pass game, and when they did, according to my count, he accounted for at least five holding calls. The Jaguars will look towards Ben Koyack perhaps to take over a majority of the tight end blocking game. This is not to say Seferian-Jenkins cannot figure it out himself, it just illustrates how he would more likely be used: In the pass game.

Seferian-Jenkins had some of the safest hands in the NFL. According to Profootball Focus he had just 2 drops out of 52 catchable targets.

The Jaguars will enter the 2018 season with Seferian-Jenkins, Niles Paul, Ben Koyack, and James O’Shaughnessey as their four tight-ends. Seferian-Jenkins provides the team with a consistent middle of the field target who has room to grow as a blocker and possesses the ability to win in the redzone, which the Jaguars badly needed to address this offseason.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars Lose LT Cam Robinson for the Season

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Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Jaguars LT Cam Robinson has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 NFL Season.

Robinson left early during the Jaguars 31-20 win over the New England Patriots. The Jaguars will now look to backup LT Josh Wells, who surprisingly played well in place of Robinson against the Patriots. However, the team will also likely look for outside options, given the struggles Wells has had in the past. Still a big blow to a Jaguars offensive line that was poised for another big year.

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Bortles, Jaguars get their revenge over the Patriots, 31-20

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Sep 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) attempts a pass against the New England Patriots during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots took off quickly for their rematch of the AFC title game just last season. The Jaguars were without star running back Leonard Fournette as he nurses a hamstring injury.

After the Patriots missed on their opening drive field goal, the Jaguars would drive 56 yards on the heels of Corey Grant, TJ Yeldon, and Blake Bortles to score a go-ahead 4-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Donte Moncrief, who made a beautiful grab over Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

The Jaguars defense came in to force a 3-and-out only for the Jaguars and Blake Bortles to drive down the field again and score a beautiful 20-yard touchdown to Keelan Cole.

After the Jaguars’ second punt of the game to the Patriots 6-yard line, the Patriots would take eight minutes and 16 seconds off the clock only to come up for a field goal. The Jaguars defense played a little bend-but-don’t-break, which allowed Brady and company to drive down the field.

With around a two minutes and 45 seconds to go until halftime, the Jaguars and quarterback Blake Bortles would take the ball 75-yards for a beautiful 4-yard touchdown pass to end the half. Perfectly executed.

Blake Bortles would end the first half with a great stat line. Going 17 for 25 with 200 yards and three touchdowns. Nearly a perfect game for the Jaguars and their star quarterback. The Jaguars would go into halftime with a 21-3 lead over the New England Patriots.

After the second half kickoff to the Jaguars offense, they would drive down the field to the Patriots seven-yard line, however, they were unable to come up with a touchdown this time, settling for an easy field goal for Josh Lambo.

What was looking to be another scoring drive by the Jaguars turned into a fumble by rookie wide receiver DJ Chark. The Patriots and Tom Brady would, of course, turn that short field into a touchdown. 24-10 Jaguars.

After a Blake Bortles interception the Patriots looked poised to score again, however, this time the Jaguars defense came to play. Dante Fowler Jr. had a great burst on the edge beating his man for a strip-sack. Jaguars recover.

After the Patriots were forced to punt, Blake Bortles did what he has done all game. Find the open receiver and let them make a play. Dede Westbrook took a short slant route pass from Bortles 61-yards for a touchdown. 31-13 Jaguars. The Patriots would go on to score a garbage time touchdown at the end of the game. 31-20 final score.

THREE BIG PLAYS:

Keelan Cole makes the catch of the year.

No additional comment needed. See for yourself.

Move over OBJ.

Dante Fowler Jr. comes up big with a strip-sack on Tom Brady

Following a Blake Bortles ill-advised interception late in the 4th quarter, the Jaguars defense needed a stop, and they came up huge with Dante Fowler Jr. beating his man around the edge for a strip-sack/recover on quarterback Tom Brady. This was Fowler’s first game of the year after being suspended week one.

Dede Westbrook takes a Blake Bortles pass 61-yards for a touchdown

All the receivers came to play today but this Westbrook touchdown was a thing of beauty. Westbrook took a simple slant route from Blake Bortles 61-yards for a touchdown. Great blocking and an amazing way to seal the victory for the Jaguars.

PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Never a doubt. Blake Bortles is absolutely your player of the game today. Blake’s stat line for today: 29/45 for 377 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. The Boat (Blake Bortles) was on fire today. The Patriots defense had no answers for him and the Jaguars passing offense. This was easily the best game of his career.

FINAL WHISTLE:

The Jaguars did it. They got their revenge in the best possible way as they took on the Patriots and laid one on ‘em to earn a victory. There were very few times throughout the game where the Jaguars did not seem to have complete control of this game, and they played aggressively. No longer were the Jaguars simply three yards and a cloud of dust. Blake Bortles, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, TJ Yeldon, Corey Grant, the list goes on. Nearly everyone on offense had themselves a day. The Jaguars beat the Patriots through the air effortlessly.

The Jaguars will take on the Tennessee Titans (1-1) at home next week.

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Jaguars vs. Patriots Week Two Inactives: Fournette Out, Campbell Starts

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Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93) reacts during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have released their inactive lists for the game today.  For the Jaguars star running back, Leonard Fournette is out today with a hamstring injury. However, Calais Campbell who was added late to the injury report with a knee injury is expected to start today.

There was speculation before the game that Campbell could be out. It is possible the Jaguars limit his snaps this week.

Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon will start ahead of Fournette. Corey Grant will also look to get in on the fun after only having one touch last week against the Giants.

JAGUARS INACTIVE REPORT

One surprise on the Jaguars inactive list is rookie linebacker, Leon Jacobs. Although he was injured this week with the ankle injury, he was thought to have been progressing. Look for linebacker Larentee McCray to take his place at SAM linebacker.

 

PATRIOTS INACTIVE REPORT

 

For the Patriots they are without their starting right tackle in Marcus Cannon. They also get back their starting running back in Rex Burkhead as well as their first-round pick, rookie running back Sony Michel.

 

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