What can Jets now expect from Austin Seferian-Jenkins?
The overall offense of the New York Jets continues to fail in scoring points and being consistent enough to at least compete against opposing teams. Can new tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins finally bring a spark offensively?
It’s no secret that the New York Jets have a problem when it comes to the infamous position known as “tight end” on the football field. Offensively, the Jets simply don’t really know what it means to have one as a consistent receiving target. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey prefers that they block to help establish the run and protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Defensively, the Jets have absolutely no clue on how to cover or even contain opposing tight ends. One can only imagine what a healthy Rob Gronkowski could do against the Jets’ defense but we’ll worry about that later. For now, at least, the Jets might have something special in their recently acquired tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
It’s been a long time since the Jets actually had a viable tight end capable of keeping those chains moving. The kind of receiving target that could help score on red zone drives and actually be a difference maker when it mattered most.
In Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jenkins caught his first reception as a Jet. It was a surreal sight to see with his 6’6, 262-pound frame that undoubtedly caused fans of the Jets to perhaps believe we’ll be seeing much more of him as the season progresses.
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Jenkins totaled two receptions for 17 yards as hopefully, Gailey incorporates him more into the receiving game. With Eric Decker dealing with a shoulder injury and Brandon Marshall going above the call of duty, it’s imperative Gailey changes things up.
Whatever the Jets have been doing offensively over the past few weeks must be completely overhauled. The Jets need to go back to basics with confidence that utilizing the tight end position more will eventually have them leave long drives with much more than just a field goal.
The Jets’ offense should primarily be a run-oriented one that incorporates the tight end position a bit more than they have been. Jenkins has the size and skill-set to finally get some good production out of the position.
Overall, expect to see more of Jenkins to get this offense back into a rhythm again. It won’t be easy as the Jets have an extra day to prepare for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6 action on Monday Night Football. In front of the prime time audience, this is the perfect stage to showcase Jenkins who might very well be one of the best acquisitions yet by the Jets.