Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Jets
|TE - #19||176.77||NYJ||Questionable||3 years||24||6'5||262|
2016 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Aug-21-2016 by Shawn Childs
Update (8/21): This situation changes by the day. ASJ appears to be back in the good graces of the coaching staff and admitted to a "wake up call". He has emerged in practice and looks like a serious red zone threat for Jameis Winston.
Update (8/17): Cameron Brate is listed as the Bucs' No. 1 TE. ASJ's can't seem to get it together and should be downgraded until this news changes dramatically.
After Week 1 in 2015, Fantasy owners thought they struck gold when Austin delivered an impact game (5/110/2 on seven targets). He suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2 when he caught two of his three targets for 29 yards. He ended up missing nine games. When Seferian-Jenkins returned to the field, he never had starter snaps in any of the last five games of the year. Over this stretch, he caught 14 passes for 199 yards and two TDs on 29 targets. During his two seasons in the NFL, ASJ has 42 catches for 559 yards and six TDs on 77 targets with 16 missed games. In his three-year career at Washington in college, Austin caught 146 passes for 1840 yards and 21 TDs. He peaked in his junior season when he caught 69 passes for 852 yards and seven scores. Seferian-Jenkins has excellent size (6'5" and 262 Lbs.) with solid route running skills. He'll have instant value at the goal line. He needs to improve as a blocker. ASJ has had some off the field issues on his resume (DUI) and a social media blow up in June after he was asked to leave practice at the OTAs for not understanding his responsibilities within the offense. Hopefully, this incident was an eye opener for him. If not, Austin could be in the doghouse in 2016. Last season the Bucs' TEs caught 65 passes for 814 yards and eight TDs on 98 targets. There is a playable opportunity here as long has Seferian-Jenkins stays healthy, and he keeps his head in the game. I'd draft him as TE2 due to his upside, but I would also pay close attention to his progression within the offense and the coaching staff over the summer.
2016 Mock Draft Results
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #1
June 12th, 2016
|13.04||Doug Moore - ASJ is a prime bounce-back candidate. As the 20th tight end taken, he is a good gamble who could emerge as a high-end TE2/low-end TE1 in 2016 as the team?s top tight end.|
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #2
June 27th, 2016
|16.03||Scout Fantasy - Armando Marsal - He’s injury prone, but offers elite talent and upside. If he didn’t have issues with injuries, he would go much earlier.|
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #3
August 10th, 2016
|15.02||Draft Sharks - Jared Smola - ASJ's price has plummeted since a poor spring, mitigating much of the risk in selecting him. There's still an intriguing ceiling on a 6'2, 262-pounder with elite athleticism.|
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