Entering this season, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be without longtime veteran Marcedes Lewis. Although the Jaguars picked up Austin Seferian-Jenkins from the New York Jets and Niles Paul from Washington, the question is, will these two be able to carry and continue the momentum into this upcoming season?
If we ask ASJ, he would say Yes!
“There is no doubt in my mind I can be the best run-blocking, pass-catching tight end in the league,” Seferian-Jenkins said, via Mike Kaye at First Coast News. “I’m not worried about it. I’ve got a good opportunity to come in here and do what I can to help this team win as many games as possible and everyone else will decide how the blocking is, but I’m going to block as hard as I can for my teammates.”
We know this 6’6” 260 pound beast can catch!
But can he block?
On this first clip he does a great job riding his man towards the outside. The run was supposed to go to his left. Since the running back got blown up before the line of scrimmage he was forced to run out and ASJ held his block well.
On the second play against the Buccaneers, ASJ motions and seals the edge perfectly, maintaining three rushers, to help his team get the first down.
Even in the pass he can throw a block when needed...
Concerned about the veteran leadership Marcedes once had in the locker room?
Little things live this I’ve noticed when watching game film of Austin
He is a hard worker, a leader, catcher, ball runner and he loves the game and will fit in just fine with this young receiving corps surrounding him.
I love this play in the middle of the field that ASJ makes. Looks like Blake has his fair share of safety nets at TE this year :) pic.twitter.com/G9e4mzvuaj— Laurie Fitzpatrick (@LaurieFitzptrck) August 1, 2018
Niles Paul - 6’1” 225
Niles Paul is entering his seventh season and his first year with a new team after leaving Washington. Standing at 6’1” and the shortest tight end on the roster, he catches in the middle of the field like a WR and is extremely athletic when it comes to going to get the ball.
Now that he’s a member of the Jaguars, lets take a look at on of the plays he made against the Jaguars back in 2014. Stretching out to make this catch in the middle of the open field! I love the pure toughness of these recent tight ends the Jaguars picked up.
Paul is pretty good on the wheel route so let’s hope he does this on October 28th against the Philadelphia Eagles in London.
James O’Shaughnessy 6’4” 245
This was a tight end that got a lot of opportunity last year, especially in the blocking game.
O'Shaughnessy laying a little hit in the AFC game..— Laurie Fitzpatrick (@LaurieFitzptrck) August 1, 2018
I love to see this type of play in the first quarter. The Patriots will have their head on swivel come Sept. These clips arent on the play by play, nor linked with stats. Watch film and you will know who has heart! #Jaguars pic.twitter.com/NfOTIDDMed
He and Ben Koyack have a lot to prove if they want to stay on this roster with the recent signing of David Grinnage and the 6’4” 236 pound rookie DeAndre Goolsby from Florida State.
Ben Koyack 6’5” 250
Unfortunately Koyack didn’t do much last season when it came to the passing game but that is something he has been used to with a reduction in targets from 2016 to 2017 — but he had some key catches in some tough games where the Jaguars needed him to step up and he delivered.
Dont forget about @koymonster ! He had a 21 yd gain the Rams game on 2nd down & 24. Great thing about depth on a good team is those players step up when it matters. What a catch pic.twitter.com/7XaE4CwsRG— Laurie Fitzpatrick (@LaurieFitzptrck) August 1, 2018
And in AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills, Ben Koyack scores the winning touchdown to advance the Jaguars.
All in all, after watching these tight ends over the last couple weeks, I think the Jaguars are set up for some great competition during training camp. The two veterans Niles and Seferian-Jenkins are great additions to the offense, as both extremely athletic and who can block for Leonard Fournette. On top of the two guys from last year and a couple new rookies coming in, it will be interesting to see how the roster shakes out and if one of these new guys like Orndoff or Goolsby will get a shot.
I’m rooting for Goolsby, for his name alone.
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