Florham Park, N.J. - Not even a full 24 hours after the New York Jets were embarrassed in Kansas City, the team has announced they have claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins off waivers. Ian Rapoport was the first to report the move.
The Buccaneers waived Seferian-Jenkins after the tight end was arrested with a DUI charge on Friday. It is not the first time Seferian-Jenkins encountered the law as he was arrested with another DUI in 2013 and a "violation of an Ignition Interlock Device restriction in Washington," according to ESPN. The Jets hope a new location will give the former second round pick in 2014 a fresh start.
By NFL rule, the Jets new tight end can face league discipline for his DUI charges.
The 6-5, 262-pound tight end played in all 16 games for Tampa Bay last season with 12 starts. He compiled 21 catches for 338 yards and four touchdowns, doubling his touchdown total from his rookie season. There was plenty of hype surrounding Seferian-Jenkins as he, Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson were highly touted as game-changing players for the Buccaneers when they first entered the league.
It is an interesting move for the Jets who entered the 2016 regular season with no true pass catching tight end after releasing former draft pick Jace Amaro. New York has three tight ends listed on their active roster but remain as the only team in the league without a reception for a tight end. With Seferian-Jenkins in the fold, Ryan Fitzpatrick now has a legitimate pass catching tight end. But, Seferian-Jenkins' role in the offense is yet to be identified as Todd Bowles and Chan Gailey rarely use a tight end in a role more than a blocker.
Essentially the decision to claim Seferian-Jenkins is a low-risk, high-reward deal. If Seferian-Jenkins plays well, the Jets may have found their tight end. If not, New York has proved in the past they can survive without a pass-catching tight end.
In response to the move, the Jets waived linebacker Julian Stanford.
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