Why Jets veteran is spending training camp with the rookies – New York Jets News

Why Jets veteran is spending training camp with the rookies – New York Jets News

The Jets rookie class has one more member than you realize.

A 24-year-old, 6-foot-5, 259-pound tight end has added himself to the group.

“I’m treating this like my rookie year,” tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said. “It’s a new me. I’m rededicating myself and pushing myself as hard as I can. I’m trying to get the most out of myself and trying to get the most out of my teammates. I just want to make other people better around me.”

In reality, this is Seferian-Jenkins’ fourth season in the NFL. But at Jets training camp, he is getting his ankles taped in the rookie area, going in the ice bath reserved for rookies and treating every day like this is his first training camp. On Sunday, he was the last one off the field, spending time catching extra passes before taking off his sweat-soaked jersey and calling it a day.

It is all part of a new Seferian-Jenkins, who went to an outpatient rehabilitation program to stop drinking alcohol this offseason and changed his diet and exercise routine to lose 33 pounds.

“I just want to be the best me regardless of whether it’s on the field or off the field as a person,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I just want to maximize it. I’m 24 [years old]. I don’t want to look back and say it’s too late. I want to do it right now.

“I got right with my life. I got right with God. Everything is going right.”

Austin Seferian-Jenkins speaks with the media after practice Sunday at Jets training camp.Bill Kostroun

There is a clear change on the field for Seferian-Jenkins. He had the most impressive spring of any Jet and that has carried over into the first two days…

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