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Patriots sign TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a cheap 1-year deal

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New England adds some depth to the roster.

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The New England Patriots signed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a 1-year deal, per ESPN’s Field Yates. The 6’5, 260-pound former second-round pick has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, and Jacksonville Jaguars during his five-year career. He turns 27 years old in September.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ASJ) signed a 2-year, $10 million deal with the Jaguars ahead of the 2018 season, but landed on the injured reserve in week 6 after suffering two hernia tears during training camp.

ASJ has 116 career receptions for 1,160 yards and 11 touchdowns. He picked up a career-high 50 receptions for 357 yards with the Jets in 2017, including 8 catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in a single game against the Patriots. He’s also a viable blocker and would be a solid TE2 if Rob Gronkowski were still on the roster.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the contract is for the veteran minimum, so he shouldn’t count against the Patriots’ compensatory picks. ASJ opted to join the Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero has more:

The Patriots current tight end depth chart is:

  1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  2. Matt LaCosse
  3. Jacob Hollister
  4. Stephen Anderson
  5. Ryan Izzo

Although we can be honest and say that there isn’t really a depth chart, that the Patriots still have to address the position in the draft, and that whichever three players are best during the summer will make the roster.