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

Demetrius Harvey

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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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