Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is taking full responsibility for his team's loss to the Panthers Sunday after two crucial plays he couldn't make.
The Jets lost 35-27, but it could have gone entirely different if Seferian-Jenkins came down with two touchdown passes. Instead, the Jets had to settle with field goals in both instances, relinquishing eight points off the Jets' total which could have made an entirely different ballgame.
"If I make those plays...I think we win the game," Seferian-Jenkins told The Post's Mark Cannizzaro. "I was single-handedly the culprit for why we didn't score today in the red zone. I take full responsibility. If I catch both of those, it's a different game."
It was uncharacteristic to see Seferian-Jenkins dropping touchdowns, considering he is QB Josh McCown's favorite red zone target this season. The first came on a wide open 13-yarder that he simply dropped as he fell in the end zone. The second play came on a fade from the 1-yard line where he appeared to have it, but replay review showed him bobble the ball as he hit the turf and went out of bounds.
It was a rough day for Seferian-Jenkins to say the least. But he has overcome much more than a bad game on the field this past year. As a recovering alcoholic who saw his career is jeopardy last season, Seferian-Jenkins is owning up to his mistakes and knows full well that things could be much worse.
He just has to keep his head up, and get through adversity.
"If I'm going to be great, I've got to go through things like this," he said. "You've got to have adversity. You've got to have things that push you and make you better."
Seferian-Jenkins leads the Jets with 41 receptions this season, and that is more production than he has seen in his entire career. But wins are his only concern, which is why he took it so hard on himself after the game. McCown believes he will bounce back just like he did against the Patriots when his controversial touchdown was overturned earlier this season.
"Austin's a pro," McCown said. "Obviously, he's bummed, but there's nobody I believe in more than Austin. He's battled and overcome real adversity in life, so he'll bounce back. I have 100 percent confidence in that. I just believe in him. I love him."
The 25-year-old is owning up to his mistakes, and his teammates commend him for that. Seferian-Jenkins has faced worse in his life to this point.
"Tough game for myself, but that's life," he said. "There's going to be ups and downs and there's going to be roadblocks."
In nine games, Seferian-Jenkins is making a case to be the Comeback Player of the Year this season as his 41 receptions has yielded 315 yards and three touchdowns.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter Austin Seferian-Jenkins ended up with just two catches, including a 19-yarder down the middle, but really should have had two touchdowns. He dropped an easy one in the end zone in the fourth quarter and then unbelievably had yet another touchdown overturned by the replay booth. On this occasion, he seemed to clearly retain control of a diving catch on a fade route. >> Read more on ASJ and the rest of the Jets' offense in Bent's Game Analysis