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Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins played through 2 hernia tears early in season

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

The Jacksonville Jaguars need help at tight end in the worst way. If only they’d picked up the option on the final year of Austin Seferian-Jenkinks’ contract, the veteran might have made good on the contract he signed last spring that injuries prevented him from living up to.

In an article addressing Jacksonville’s hole at tight end, The Athletic’s Daniel Popper notes that the University of Washington product was hampered by a hernia injury before his season was cut short for good in early October.

The truth is Seferian-Jenkins never earned a fair chance to prove himself last year after signing with the Jags in March. According to a source, Seferian-Jenkins suffered two hernia tears in the first week of training camp. He gutted it out in the preseason and started the first five games of the regular season, catching 11 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. But he was eventually forced to shut it down and undergo double-hernia surgery in October. He spent the rest of the season on injured reserve.

Seferian-Jenkins posted just 11 catches for 90 yards over the first five games of the season, including a zero-catch performance in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on October 7th. He was placed on injured reserve two days later, having aggravated an existing muscle injury to his core.

There had been no previous indications that Seferian-Jenkins, who signed a two-year, $10 million with the Jaguars last March, was hobbled before going on IR. He was released on February 18th. At 26, the former second-round pick still has ample time to prove worthy of his draft selection, which he began doing by catching a career-high 50 passes with the New York Jets in 2017.