What release of Austin Seferian-Jenkins means for Patriots at tight end


FOXBORO -- The Patriots hit the field for the first of three mandatory minicamp sessions Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, but the biggest story of the day came off the field as tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the release was so he could focus on personal issues, which makes some sense as he was excused from OTAs a few weeks back and wasn't on the field Tuesday.

So, where does this leave the Patriots at the position?

The depth chart currently has Ben Watson, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck, and it's worth noting Watson is suspended the first four games of the season.

This is great news for Matt LaCosse, who seems to be in a great position to not only make the roster, but be a contributor the first four weeks and likely more. It also gives the other three besides Watson an even better chance of making the team. But, it also wouldn't be a surprise to see the team make another move at the position. 

Kyle Rudolph appears to have worked his dispute with the Vikings out, but the Patriots maybe should make one last effort before he signs a new deal and offer a high 2020 draft pick for the veteran tight end. The Patriots certainly could use him.

There also aren't many decent free agent options available, but the Patriots may need to go out and find one. Names that come to mind are Ryan Griffin and Lance Kendricks.

Normally, losing Seferian-Jenkins at this point on the calendar wouldn't be a huge blow, but combined with Watson being suspended four games and Rob Gronkowski retiring, the position isn't exactly looking great.

Therefore, don't be surprised if additions are made between now and training camp because there needs to be.