In his lone season with the Jaguars, Seferian-Jenkins quickly developed the reputation as a solid leader and effective run-blocker, which are two qualities that Giants head coach Pat Shurmur seems to covet.
Seferian-Jenkins, 26, showed what he was capable of as a receiver during his time with the Jets. In 2017, Seferian-Jenkins caught a career-high 50 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns.
However, a core-muscle injury landed Seferian-Jenkins on injured reserve after just five games with the Jaguars last season. Seferian-Jenkins caught 11 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in 2018.
Giants tight end Evan Engram missed three games due to a sprained MCL and two more with a concussion last season. When healthy, Engram also saw his snaps decreased during a stretch of the season, due in part to his struggles as a blocker.
“He’s gotten better, but again, is he where we need him to be at as a team? No,” Giants tight ends coach Lunda Wells said, back in September. “He’s working his behind off every day, every week to continue to get better with the techniques. He’s done a really good job of understanding the techniques, understanding the footwork and the things that we’re asking him to do. He’s continuing to progress because of his hard work.”
The Giants ran 12 personnel on 24 percent of their offensive snaps last season, If that trend continues, Engram and Seferian-Jenkins could create a formidable duo of pass-catching tight ends. Seferian-Jenkins could also stay on the field on running downs, because of his ability as a blocker
Adding Seferian-Jenkins to a tight ends room that includes Engram, Rhett Ellison and Scott Simonson would give it a veteran boost.
Simonson is set to be a free agent when the new league-year begins in March. Additionally, if the Giants explore the possibility of trading Engram this offseason, Seferian-Jenkins’ ability to contribute as a receiver would ease the transition in the passing game.