Seferian-Jenkins was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last September following a DUI charge and was claimed off waivers by the Jets. The incident also saw him suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
However, Seferian-Jenkins has been on a transformation, losing 30 pounds and opting for sobriety. The 24-year-old is intent on capitalizing on his second professional stint.
“I feel like a different person on and off the field,” Seferian-Jenkins said via the Jets’ official website. “The weight loss has been tremendous and I’m just really happy I have the opportunity to show the Jets taking a chance on me is going to pay off. I’m just trying to work every single day on the team like everybody else.”
Seferian-Jenkins excelled during offseason workouts, and credited both his weight loss and teammates for his strong showing.
“I think a lot of that has to do with the weight loss and I think that’s kudos to Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty and (offensive coordinator) John Morton,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “Coach Morton has definitely made an emphasis to use the tight end and it’s on the tight end room to make sure we do the best we can to take full advantage of those opportunities.”
The Jets are widely projected to struggle in the upcoming season, but at least Seferian-Jenkins has been presented with a real opportunity for redemption.
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