Austin-Seferian Jenkins to Replace Gronk? My Quick Thoughts
The Patriots have signed Austin-Seferian Jenkins, as they need a tight end after #87s retirement. The biggest question though is will ASJ make it through camp? They signed ASJ to the league minimum, which means they owe him nothing if they draft someone or decide Matt Lacoste/Jacob Hollister are better fits.
In 2017 with the Jets in 13 games, ASJ went 50/357/3. That’s not very good. He did this with 74 targets which was 14th amongst tight ends that season, which isn’t bad. He caught 83.8% of his catchable targets which was 8th in the NFL amongst the position. What’s more impressive is that he had Josh McCown as his quarterback for the bulk of that season. Oh, and he had a 41.2% contested catch rate, 6th amongst tight ends that season.
With the Jaguars in 2018 he only played 5 games and did little to nothing before he was injured and he had Blake Bortles for those 5 games so we aren’t even going to visit it. The truth to it is this, the Patriots have a whole and filled it. This is a team with James White, Julian Edelman, and Philip Dorsett as their current weapons in the passing game. (No disrespect to White or Edelman) but the Pats needed someone, and the work will be there if ASJ makes it through camp. He’s currently my TE12, and he should make it under the radar in most drafts if you’re desperate for a late round flyer. I will revisit this after the draft if the Patriots make a big move there.