Se­fe­rian-Jenk­ins to ‘sink or swim on his own’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Den­nis Waszak Jr.

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.

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