The tight end position was an area many expected the Jacksonville Jaguars to address this offseason, however they went about it in a way most didn’t expect. The Jaguars released long time veteran tight end and newly signed Green Bay Packers player Marcedes Lewis and signed former New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The team also signed former Washington player Niles Paul, but most expect him to be a special teams ace and Seferian-Jenkins seems to be the one the team is particularly excited about.
“From his preparation to his ability to do what he has been doing in the drills and on the field, I feel very, very good about where he is at knowing that we are probably just tapping the potential, and I think he has done everything we have asked him to do,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said on Thursday following the team’s second set of organized team activities.
I’m sure a lot of people are cynical like I am and read that thinking, “C’mon, it’s only the second day of OTAs!” but the good news is that Marrone knows that as well and knows it has burned him in the past, but he’s still seemingly excited.
“At this time of the year, I have made this mistake before and I have always told the story that there was a team I was on and we went through these OTAs and we had a skill player on offense that really, really played outstanding. It was like, ‘Wow. This guy is unbelievable.’ We went back in as coaches and this is early on,” Marrone continued about Seferian-Jenkins. “We redid some of the stuff in the playbook and redid some of the schematics that we wanted to focus on in training camp because we thought it was going to be a big advantage for us when the season started. Then all of a sudden, we put the pads on and that skill player went over the middle and he got hit, legally, and he was just never the same player and he couldn’t handle the physicality of the game. It was a shame because he had all the skills to do it.”
Seferian-Jenkins should provide an overall upgrade to what the Jaguars had at the tight end position last season. Not to throw shade on Lewis, but his days as a receiver were behind him and his ability as a blocker was starting to wane. The Jaguars haven’t featured the tight end in the passing game the past few seasons, but perhaps the addition of ASJ will change that and add a new dimension to their offense.