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Jets Q&A: Rough day for Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins pulls in a

Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins pulls in a pass in the end zone that was called incomplete against the Panthers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

How did Austin Seferian-Jenkins drop two TD passes?

The Jets tight end dropped an easy touchdown pass in the end zone in the first quarter Sunday. He appeared to make a touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter, but a replay review ruled that he didn’t control the ball as he went to the ground. Seferian-Jenkins had two catches for 27 yards, was targeted seven times and had zero touchdowns.

“All I know is that my first opportunity to catch a touchdown was dropped,” he said. “My second opportunity to catch a touchdown, the refs made a call. It is what they called. It wasn’t a touchdown. I’ve got to hold on to the ball better. I’ve got to look at the tape and do it better.”

What did the Jets do to Cam Newton?

In his previous game, Newton threw for four touchdowns as the Panthers rolled up 548 yards in a 45-21 victory over the Dolphins. On Sunday, Newton was sacked three times, completed only 11 of 28 passes for 168 yards and had no TD passes. The Panthers totaled only 299 yards.

The Jets blitzed Newton several times and set the edges so he couldn’t get outside to make plays. The secondary was strong, as Buster Skrine had two pass breakups and fellow cornerback Morris Claiborne had one.

“Well, it was a little stagnant throughout the whole game,” Newton said. “But that is just something that you have to go through.”

Who got hurt?

Jets cornerback Juston Burris left the game with a concussion and defensive tackle Steve McLendon suffered a stinger. Claiborne played the whole game without problems after leaving the previous game because he reinjured his left foot. Running back Matt Forte (knee) didn’t start but played after getting limited practice reps last week. He had 26 yards on a team-high 10 carries.

The Panthers lost standout tight end Greg Olsen when he reinjured his foot. The native of nearby Wayne, New Jersey, hadn’t played since breaking it in Week 2. He caught one pass for 10 yards early in the game before exiting.

So what happened on third-and-goal at the 1?

Early in the fourth quarter, the Jets trailed 18-17 and had first-and-goal from the Panthers’ 1. Offensive coordinator John Morton called three passes, all to the right side and all incomplete.

On the first pass, Josh McCown couldn’t hit Seferian-Jenkins. On second down, Seferian-Jenkins caught the ball for an apparent touchdown, but a lengthy replay review determined he didn’t control it as he fell. Then McCown threw wide of Forte in the end zone. The Jets settled for a 19-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro.

So what’s up with all the passes?

“We have to get better. That hurt us not to get seven there, and obviously it was a bummer on the touchdown call,” McCown said. “Those are areas that we have to improve. We’ve been pretty good this year down there, and so it’s frustrating that we didn’t finish that one.”

How did Kony Ealy play against his former team?

Ealy, a 2014 second-round pick by the Panthers, was traded this year to the Patriots. After he was cut during the offseason, the Jets claimed the defensive end off waivers, and he’s had a good season. Ealy hugged some former teammates before the game, in which he made one tackle.

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