Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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Seferian-Jenkins with the Jets in 2017.
Free agent
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-29) September 29, 1992 (age 26)
Fox Island, Washington
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school:Gig Harbor
(Gig Harbor, Washington)
College:Washington
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:116
Receiving yards:1,160
Receiving touchdowns:11
Player stats at NFL.com

Austin Edward Seferian-Jenkins (born September 29, 1992) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington. He has also played for the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early years[edit]

Seferian-Jenkins attended Gig Harbor High School in Gig Harbor, Washington. He played football for the Gig Harbor High School Tides. He had 126 receptions during his career and played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Seferian-Jenkins was ranked as the second-ranked tight end prospect in his class, behind Nick O'Leary and ahead of Jace Amaro.[1] He chose his home-state school, The University of Washington, over offers from Alabama, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Southern California, and Texas because Washington was the only big school to offer him the opportunity to play both basketball and football.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in the 2011 season, Seferian-Jenkins started 10 of 13 games and had 41 receptions for 538 yards and six touchdowns. In addition to football, he played basketball as a freshman.[2] In his sophomore season, he recorded 69 receptions for 852 yards and seven touchdowns.[3] He finished third in the Mackey Award voting.[4] Upon completing his sophomore season, he had already set Washington records with 110 receptions, 1,390 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns for the tight end position.[5] On August 12, 2013, Seferian-Jenkins suffered a broken pinkie during practice.[6] Head coach Steve Sarkisian announced the next day that Seferian-Jenkins will have to undergo surgery to repair the broken pinkie.[6] Following Washington's 31-16 victory in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl, he announced he would leave school early and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Seferian-Jenkins was a projected a second-round selection by CBS Sports in the 2014 NFL Draft.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 12 in
(1.97 m)
262 lb
(119 kg)
33 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.56 s 37 12 in
(0.95 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine except 40 yd dash and Vertical from private workout[9][10]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Seferian-Jenkins was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round with the 38th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

2014 season[edit]

In his rookie season, he played in nine games making 21 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns.[11] On October 26, he caught his first career touchdown, which was a seven-yard pass from Mike Glennon, against the Minnesota Vikings.[12] He caught his second and last touchdown of the season, a one-yard pass from Josh McCown, against the Atlanta Falcons.[13] His season was cut short by an injury, landing him on the team's Injured Reserve list.[14]

2015 season[edit]

In the 2015 season, with rookie quarterback and first overall pick Jameis Winston, Seferian-Jenkins looked to expand on his rookie season. He had a career day in a season opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. He had five receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns, which were a five-yard reception in the second quarter and a 41-yard reception in the fourth quarter.[15] Both of Seferian-Jenkins's touchdowns were the first touchdown passes of Jameis Winston's NFL career. Seferian-Jenkins's remainder of his 2015 season would not have the success he had in the season opener. He only scored two more touchdowns on the season, which were was a nine-yard reception from Winston against the St. Louis Rams[16] and a 43-yard reception from Winston against the Chicago Bears.[17] He played in seven games with 338 receiving yards and four touchdowns.[18]

2016 season[edit]

Seferian-Jenkins would have a tumultuous 2016 season. He played in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. He had one reception for 30 yards and a touchdown,[19] which would be his only one of the 2016 season. He would play one more game with the Buccaneers on September 18, which was against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium. He had two receptions for 14 yards in the 40-7 loss.[20] On September 23, 2016, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on a DUI charge and was released by the Buccaneers later that day.[21][22]

New York Jets[edit]

2016 season[edit]

On September 26, 2016, Seferian-Jenkins was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets.[23]

Seferian-Jenkins would record 10 total receptions for 110 yards with the Jets.[24]

2017 season[edit]

On March 15, 2017, Seferian-Jenkins was suspended the first two weeks of the 2017 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.[25]

During Week 6 against the New England Patriots, Seferian-Jenkins fumbled inches from the endzone, in which the ball landed out of bounds in the endzone, resulting in a touchback. The call was controversial, but ultimately the error loomed large, as the Jets lost the game 17–24.[26]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On March 15, 2018, Seferian-Jenkins signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[27][28] He was placed on injured reserve on October 9, 2018 after aggravating a core muscle injury.[29][30]

On February 18, 2019, the Jaguars declined the option on Seferian-Jenkins' contract, making him a free agent at the start of the new league year.[31]

New England Patriots[edit]

On April 10, 2019, Seferian-Jenkins signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.[32] He was released on June 4, 2019, citing personal issues.[33]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Tm Games Receiving
G GS Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng Y/G Fmb
2014 TB 9 9 38 21 221 10.5 2 30 24.6 1
2015 TB 7 3 39 21 338 16.1 4 43 48.3 0
2016 TB 2 0 3 3 44 14.7 1 30 22.0 0
2016 NYJ 7 2 17 10 110 11.0 0 19 15.7 0
2017 NYJ 13 10 74 50 357 7.1 3 28 27.5 1
2018 JAX 5 5 19 11 90 8.2 1 21 18.0 0
Career 43 29 190 116 1160 10.0 11 43 27.0 2

Personal life[edit]

On March 9, 2013, Seferian-Jenkins was cited for driving under the influence in the University District of Seattle.[34] In July 2013, he pleaded guilty to DUI and served a day in jail.[35][36] The football team suspended Seferian-Jenkins for 1 game, the Huskies' 2013 season opener against Boise State.

In addition, Seferian-Jenkins cited for DUI on the morning of Friday, September 23, 2016. He was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the same day of the incident.

In May 2017, Seferian-Jenkins opened up regarding his struggles with alcohol, and indicated that he had sought help by attending rehab on an outpatient basis.[37]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will play basketball". The Seattle Times. January 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "Austin Seferian-Jenkins Stats - Washington - ESPN". Espn.go.com. September 29, 1992. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "ND's Eifert wins Mackey Award over Seferian-Jenkins, Ertz | UW Huskies Insider - The News Tribune". Blog.thenewstribune.com. December 5, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Hinnen, Jerry (August 13, 2013). "Austin Seferian-Jenkins breaks pinkie, will have surgery". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  7. ^ Jude, Adam (December 27, 2013). "UW's Austin Seferian-Jenkins declares for NFL Draft | Husky Football Blog | Seattle Times". Blogs.seattletimes.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  8. ^ "NFL Draft - 2014 NFL Draft Prospects - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
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  12. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - October 26th, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - November 9th, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  14. ^ Mello, Igor. "Bucs place Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Louis Murphy on IR". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
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  16. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams - December 17th, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  17. ^ "Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - December 27th, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
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  20. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals - September 18th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  21. ^ Orr, Conor. "Austin Seferian-Jenkins arrested on DUI charge". NFL.com.
  22. ^ "Buccaneers Waive TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins". Buccaneers.com. September 23, 2016.
  23. ^ Allen, Eric (September 26, 2016). "Jets Claim TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins". NewYorkJets.com.
  24. ^ "Austin Seferian-Jenkins 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  25. ^ Shook, Nick (March 15, 2017). "Austin Seferian-Jenkins suspended two games by NFL". NFL.com.
  26. ^ "Here is referee's explanation for controversial Austin Seferian-Jenkins fumble in Patriots-Jets". NJ.com. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  27. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 15, 2018). "Jaguars sign ex-Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins". NFL.com.
  28. ^ Oehser, John (March 15, 2018). "OFFICIAL: Seferian-Jenkins signs". Jaguars.com.
  29. ^ DiRocco, Michael (October 9, 2018). "Jags to put Corey Grant, Austin Seferian-Jenkins on IR". ESPN.com.
  30. ^ "Jaguars sign running backs Jamaal Charles and Dave Williams, promote tight end David Grinnage to active roster". Jaguars.com. October 9, 2018.
  31. ^ Williams, Charean (February 18, 2019). "Jaguars decline option for Austin Seferian-Jenkins". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  32. ^ Patra, Kevin (April 10, 2019). "Patriots sign TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to 1-year deal". NFL.com.
  33. ^ "Patriots release TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins". bostonherald.com. June 6, 2019.
  34. ^ Carter, Mike (March 10, 2013). "UW football tight-end Seferian-Jenkins arrested for DUI | The Today File | Seattle Times". Blogs.seattletimes.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  35. ^ Jude, Adam (July 25, 2013). "Report: UW's Seferian-Jenkins has served his day in jail | Husky Football Blog | Seattle Times". Blogs.seattletimes.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  36. ^ "Washington Star Tight End Arrested". Huffington Post. March 10, 2013.
  37. ^ Cimini, Rich (May 30, 2017). "Jets' Austin Seferian-Jenkins sought help for drinking problem". espn.com. Retrieved January 22, 2018.

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