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Seferian-Jenkins: Travis Kelce has redefined tight end as an 'X factor'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- If New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had been a judge on "Dancing With the Stars," contestant Travis Kelce, the Chiefs tight end, would have won in a landslide.

"He has the best rhythm," Seferian-Jenkins said with a smile. "Out of all tight ends in the league, dance-move wise -- he’s got a lot of swag."

Kelce, whom the Jets face on Sunday when they host the Chiefs at MetLife Stadium, also has a lot of swag on the field.

Kelce leads Kansas City in receiving with 777 yards on 62 receptions and five touchdowns. At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, Kelce possesses the combination of size, strength, speed and pass-catching that has helped turn the tight end position into a tremendous weapon.

Which is exactly what the 6-5, 262-pound Seferian-Jenkins is becoming for the Jets. He’s third on the team with 315 yards receiving and is tied for second with 41 receptions.

Seferian-Jenkins also has three touchdown catches. The number could be -- Jets fans will say should be -- higher. He had one touchdown reception overturned against the Patriots and another in last week’s loss to the Panthers.

He also dropped a touchdown pass on the Jets’ first possession of the game.

"[Michael] Jordan’s missed a game-winner," Seferian-Jenkins said. "People have dropped balls before and it was my first drop of the year.

"It sucks that it happened at that time. The second one, you can’t control. It is what it is. That’s the decision they made and you move on."

That’s Seferian-Jenkins’ mindset going into Sunday’s game, a must-win if the Jets (4-7) want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Chiefs (6-5) had control of the AFC East until losing five of their past six, including three straight.

Kelce and Seferian-Jenkins are both 25. Kelce has proven to be a difference-maker. Seferian-Jenkins is striving to attain the same status.

"Travis is a phenomenal receiver," Seferian-Jenkins said. "He’s a playmaker. At the end of the day, I think he’s defined the position in a way that it’s no longer a tight end. It’s a difference-maker. It’s a mismatch. It’s an X factor.

"He’s done a phenomenal job helping all the other tight ends get opportunities with the plays he’s made, with the way Andy Reid uses him, with the way Alex Smith has gotten him the ball. He’s in a class of his own."

Seattle fans surely would put Jimmy Graham in that same class, just as Patriots fans would point to Rob Gronkowski. That’s the table Seferian-Jenkins wants a seat at.

He said he wants to be a complete tight end, one that never comes off the field.

"I’m just focused on being as good as Austin can be this week." he said. "Where that ends up a year from now, five years from now, 10 years from now, I don't know."