Austin Seferian-Jenkins getting first-team reps again


When the Buccaneers unveiled their first depth chart of the season, Cameron Brate was ahead of Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end.

That development came after Seferian-Jenkins was kicked out of an OTA practice by coach Dirk Koetter for not knowing what he was doing and was a bad development for a player who missed 16 games in his first two seasons after being drafted in the second round. Coach Dirk Koetter explained the move by saying that the best players were going to play and Seferian-Jenkins would have to “play better” if he hoped to move up the depth chart.

It seems Seferian-Jenkins has done that. Koetter said Sunday, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, that Seferian-Jenkins is now splitting reps with Brate when the first-team offense is on the field.

Seferian-Jenkins, who called getting kicked out of practice “a wake-up call,” had five catches for 46 yards in two preseason outings and has earned good reviews for his blocking. More of the same over the rest of the preseason will likely lead to more than a half-share of the work come the regular season.

4 responses to “Austin Seferian-Jenkins getting first-team reps again

  1. Gerald McCoy was out most of his first two years too, and the Tampa Bay area media led the charge is asking if he was a “bust.” Most that know football knew “of course not” and four Pro-Bowls straight since prove that. ASJ has clearly self-corrected and has all the upside of Tony Gonzalez. Can he stay healthy? Let’s see. Bottom line is the Bucs have two stud TEs now plus a very good run blocking 3rd TE in Luke Stocker, and Brandon Myers is no slouch. In two years it’s gone from total void to position of strength.

  2. The problem has never been his talent, that part has always been undeniable. It’s his desire which has continually been called into question. Lovie Smith really hung him out to dry in the media last year, constantly making it seem like he was almost ready to play when in fact he was battling an injury that should have seen him on IR. Maybe if Lovie had put half the strategy he put into dealing with coaches on the field as he did in the media, he’d still have a job. All this posturing gave fans the impression ASJ was “soft.” He can’t help that. What he can help is knowing his assignments and executing them.

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