Seferian-Jenkins to ‘sink or swim on his own’
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is getting a quick second chance from the New York Jets.
Coach Todd Bowles is counting on the tight end to make the most of it.
“I don’t have any reservations yet because I haven’t met him,” Bowles said shortly after practice Wednesday. “As I get to know him, obviously, with the situations he’s been in, he’s going to sink or swim on his own.
“We brought in the player. He has a chance to clean his act up, and we’ll see what happens.”
Seferian-Jenkins arrived at the Jets’ facility after practice to complete his physical, and was expected to join his new teammates on the field for the first time Thursday.
The talented but troubled tight end was claimed off waivers Monday from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who cut him last week after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. Three days later, he had a new job with a new team.
“He’s a guy we looked at in the summer that we had interest in,” Bowles said. “He became available by unforeseen circumstances, so we figured we’d take a look at him.”
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release last Friday that SeferianJenkins was driving between 75 and 80 mph on Interstate 275 when his vehicle cut in front of a trooper’s cruiser and weaved back and forth. He was charged with DUI and violation of an ignition interlock device restriction from an arrest in Washington in 2013.