The Patriots are releasing TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’s taking a step away for a month for personal issues and the team will release him as he does that," Rapoport adds. "We’ll see if he comes back to New England or anywhere." Seferian-Jenkins has had alcohol-abuse problems in the past, although it's unclear if this is related. With TE Ben Watson suspended for the first 4 games of the season, Matt LaCosse and Stephen Anderson are currently atop the Patriots' Week 1 depth chart.
The Patriots on Wednesday signed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a 1-year deal at the league minimum. The contract doesn't guarantee a thing for ASJ, but it does place him in 1 of the league's most attractive situations. Rob Gronkowski's retirement and Dwayne Allen's departure left New England returning just 5 TE receptions (by Jacob Hollister) from last year's team. Seferian-Jenkins has never played more than 13 games in an NFL season and has only once played more than 9. But he has also scored TDs on 9.5% of his 116 career catches. If he can enter the year as the position's top option for the Pats, there will be top-12 per-game fantasy upside to him. At the moment, ASJ makes for a solid mid-level TE2 option in best-ball drafts.
The Jaguars have placed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core) on IR. He's been playing through this core-muscle injury all season but must have aggravated it in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. ASJ is reportedly a candidate to be designated for return after 8 weeks, but he's not worth hanging on to in fantasy leagues. James O'Shaughnessy and Niles Paul will handle TE duties for Jacksonville in Seferian-Jenkins' absence, but neither is a viable fantasy option right now.
The forecast for today's Jaguars-Chiefs game calls for periods of heavy rain. The good news is that winds are expected to be only 6-7 mph. They aren't ideal conditions, but it's not enough for us to adjust our projections for these passing games. You might use the weather as a tiebreaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked players, though.
Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core) is not listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He put in a full practice on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and being limited Thursday. ASJ should be a full-go for a plus matchup against a Giants defense that coughed up a league-high 13 TDs to TEs last year. He's firmly on the Week 1 spot-start radar.
Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core) returned to a limited practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. That gives him a shot to play in the opener. We'll get another update on ASJ tomorrow. He has a prime Week 1 matchup against the Giants.
Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will not practice on Wednesday due to a core muscle injury, the team announced. We don't have any other details on the situation right now, but ASJ now looks iffy for this weekend's game against the Giants. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has inked a 2-year deal with the Jaguars. It's a rather disappointing landing spot after ASJ had been connected to the Seahawks and Saints. He should serve as Jacksonville's lead pass-catching TE but will compete for targets with a relatively deep WR group in a run-heavy offense. Seferian-Jenkins' upside is likely a TD-dependent fantasy spot starter.
Jets HC Todd Bowles said Wednesday that TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has "got to get in a little better shape. That's to be expected with two weeks off, but he'll get going." ASJ is eligible to return from his 2-game suspension this Sunday. Bowles wouldn't guarantee that Seferian-Jenkins will be active vs. Miami, but ESPN's Rich Cimini expects him to be. Seferian-Jenkins is worth monitoring but shouldn't be in Week 3 fantasy lineups.
Jets insider Connor Hughes believes TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins could emerge as the team's #1 option in the passing game. That, of course, would be after he serves his 2-game suspension to begin the season. Seferian-Jenkins has dominated in training camp and "looks very much like a legitimate offensive weapon," Hughes writes. There are tons of targets up for grabs in New York with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa gone. Highlight Seferian-Jenkins as a late-round sleeper.
The Jets have placed WR Quincy Enunwa (neck) on IR, ending his 2017 season. We still don't know much about the neck injury that he dealt with this spring and evidently aggravated on Sunday. Enunwa leaves behind inarguably the worst WR corps in the league. Robby Anderson is the best guess to lead the group in targets -- only because the rest of the group reads: Marquess Wilson, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen, Charone Peake. We'll see who emerges from the ragtag bunch, but Jets WRs won't be a source of much fantasy goodness this season. Enunwa's injury does boost the target projections for RBs Bilal Powell and Matt Forte -- as well as sleeper TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Update: HC Todd Bowles said Monday afternoon that Enunwa has a bulging disk in his neck and is expected to be out 6-9 months. It's a big blow to a guy who's set to hit free agency next offseason.
Jets insider Rich Cimini called TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins a "legit sleeper" this year. ASJ has dropped 30 pounds and quit drinking in January, according to Cimini. He was a standout in spring workouts and has plenty of opportunity alongside a weak Jets WR corps. "I wouldn't be shocked if he's their leading receiver this year," Cimini said. Seferian-Jenkins will serve a 2-game suspension to begin the season, so he's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues. But he could quickly emerge as a spot-start option.
Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended 2 games for his DUI arrest last September. That incident resulted in his release from the Bucs. ASJ went on to appear in 7 games for the Jets last year, mustering just 10 catches for 110 scoreless yards. He remains an intriguing talent, and the TE spot figures to be a bigger part of New York's passing game now that OC Chan Gailey is gone. But the 2-game ban means Seferian-Jenkins won't be worth drafting this summer.
The Jets have claimed former Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins off waivers, according to multiple reports. ASJ's new team provides obvious opportunity at his position. The Jets completed just 8 passes to TEs for all of 2015 and have yet to complete 1 this year. Seferian-Jenkins' size-talent combo has never been in question either. He'll need to show that he has at least grown up enough to stay on the field, as well as learn the new offense. We wouldn't claim him in any redraft leagues at this point, but the situation bears watching.
Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested and charged with DUI early Friday morning, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He was still in jail as of 8:30 am ET. It's his 1st run-in with the law as a pro, but ASJ was also charged with DUI while in college back in 2013. He's likely looking at a suspension, but the Bucs might cut ties even before then.
Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has started seeing 1st-team reps again in practice -- "splitting" those duties with TE Cameron Brate, per ESPN's Jenna Laine. "Austin's worked his way right back in there, and when he got moved down the depth chart, all you can ask a player when he gets moved down is that he competes and does better and tries to get back up there, and he's done that," HC Dirk Koetter said. ASJ has a significant talent edge over Brate. So if his head is screwed on right, he figures to move back to the top of the depth chart eventually. He remains a late-round flier but is a better fantasy pick than Brate.
Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter called TE Cameron Brate his starter Wednesday, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Koetter reportedly said Brate deserves the job "because he's making plays and run blocking has improved." That doesn't necessarily mean that the situation is set for the regular season, but it follows an offseason of negative buzz for 3rd-year TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. There's lots of athletic upside to the former 2nd-round pick, but ASJ has lost 16 games to injury over 2 seasons and apparently failed to mature. We'll see if this lights a fire, but we're moving Seferian-Jenkins even further down our TE rankings until he gives us a reason to believe.