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May 22, 2014 @ 7:28 am
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When Healthy, Seferian-Jenkins Looks To Make Instant Impact

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The Buccaneers strengthened their tight end unit after selecting Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the NFL Draft earlier this month. Seferian-Jenkins was in town last weekend for the team's rookie mini-camp and talked to the local media while being limited in his participation due to a foot injury.
The tight end position was considered to be a weakness on the Buccaneers roster last season, and is now considered one of the strongest units after the addition of free agent Brandon Myers and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a second-round pick out of Washington. Tampa Bay felt so good about their tight end group that the team released veteran Tom Crabtree on Saturday.

Last weekend, during the Buccaneers rookie mini-camp, Seferian-Jenkins was limited in his participation as he continues to recover from a foot injury that occurred during his final season playing for the Huskies.

During his first opportunity to meet face-to-face with the local Tampa Bay media, Seferian-Jenkins talked about his progress and his anticipation of when he get might be back to 100 percent.

“I had (left) foot surgery, and it (a stress fracture) is well documented, and they are just working me back in, I am enjoying it,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “There’s no timetable on that. Were just working back in, were just working the mini-camp in and getting used to the plays. There’s no timetable, I’m just coming out here and working. When it’s ready it will be ready.”

Seferian-Jenkins who will compete with Myers, Luke Stocker and last year's starter, Tim Wright, for playing time, said has enjoyed his first few days in Tampa Bay.

“I didn’t really know what to expect I have never really been here,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “Everyone’s working real hard to accomplish a dream that they’ve had since they were a child. It’s really cool to come here and compete with guys across the country in Tampa Bay.”

The 6-foot-5, 262-pound Washington native was asked about the style of this coaching staff compared to his coaches in college.

“These coaches are still very vocal, they just do it in a different way,” Seferian-Jenkins said.  “Everyone coaches in a different way. I appreciate the way they coach us. It’s been real fun, I’ve learned a lot and it’s been great.”

With the success of basketball player-turned-tight end Jimmy Graham of the Saints, many teams – the Bucs included – have been drawn to players with a basketball background. Seferian-Jenkins, who was a standout basketball player in high school, and also played college basketball in Washington, talked about who he compares his game to and who he looks up to.

“I think a lot of tight ends have a lot of similarities, I think what separates them is the hard work they put in,” Seferian-Jenkins. “There are a lot of great ones around the league, I think Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez – those are all great players that I would like to emulate myself, but we’ll see.”

During the rookie mini-camp over the weekend Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans made an outstanding one-handed catch that raised eyebrows from those who saw it. Seferian-Jenkins said to count him in as one who was impressed with the ability of Evans.

“I think we all noticed that. It was a good catch,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “He’s a great player. He’s my roommate here, and he’s a cool guy. He was kicking my butt early in (NBA)2K. He’s a good player and catches the ball really well.”

Coming in as a rookie, especially a high draft selection, Seferian-Jenkins knows expectations are high, but saw the field early as a freshman at Washington where he caught 41 passes for 538 yards (13.1 avg.) and six touchdowns. In his three years with the Huskies, Seferian-Jenkins caught 146 passes for 1,840 yards and 21 touchdowns.

“I think my approach is to be the best I can be each day, maximize my opportunities,” Seferian-Jenkins. “That’s not my position to say if I’m going in or not. My job is to maximize my opportunities. We’ll see if my maximization of my opportunities will go with me getting on the field and making an impact.

"I just want to make an impact all over the field, whether that’s blocking, catching, being a good teammate, special teams – whatever it is I just want to be an impact player and help the team in any way I can.”
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    It scares me when we bring in players that are coming in injured and just had surgery, You just never know how that might pay off. A.S.J.needs to get healthy sooner then later. And now we have both Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans with hamstring problems. This is not a good sign. 4 months go's by pretty fast and I don't need to tell anyone but all three of these guy's players we are counting on to help win games. Lovie went out and drafted all offensive players and the first two draft pick are injured. That scares me. I hope that Lovie is not lying to use about how bad there injury's are. I pulled a hamstring once and it took a while for it to heal completely. But these guys are in much better shape then I was and am. So I'm trying to stay hopeful . We need these guys healthy a.s.a.p. Like I said before 4 months go's by quick. GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HEALTH to all of them. P.S. " GO BUCS "
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    Macabee--thanks for the information on the signing bonuses. I sure can't see why they paid Chaz Sutton more than Euclid Cummings (who they will develop as McCoy's backup) and a valid rotational DT. Chaz Sutton, however, has had both strength and balance issues that have made him quite ineffective. Once a OT gets his hands on him, it is all over. He is only 265 pounds, too, which is not ideal for stopping the run at the perimeter, either. Last year all year he only made two sacks, and five sacks his best year, so he even regressed last year. Don't look for him to even make the final roster, but I bet Cummings will. I would keep Means over Sutton in a heartbeat. Means is a speed rusher, and could be a big help on Special Teams. In a pinch he is quick enough and strong enough to play SLB too. As to our stud two way TE, we would not have drafted him if the prognosis wasn't full recovery by the Preseason. He is fantastic and could be just as valuable as Graham in catching passes, but can block much better than Graham. Also, when he is in there you have no idea whether the play is a run or a pass. If we have to take on an incredible pass rusher who is causing one of our OTs fits, we can line our new TE right there to hit him hard before going out in a pattern. He also can get deeper downfield than in any other TE in this draft!
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    Damn, didn't the Pewter Pirates' leaders learn anything from Carl Nicks' chronic condition? There are a ton of examples of big men in all sports who can't come back from foot injuries - for these guys to use a near the top draft choice on this guy could be foreboding. On top of that, he's replacing Stocker- another chronically injured player.
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    Red Zone - The Land of the Giants! I like it.
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    @macabee Have you heard anything about Johnson or McDonald on the D-line?
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    Nothing martinii, other than McDonald going to the White House yesterday with the SeaHawks. lol Lovie said yesterday its hard to tell anything until you have the big boy pants on (pads). Most of the lineman will be featured when the contact starts. Can't tell much holding and slapping dummies. Lovie said Steven Means was getting noticed, but nothing on any other D-Lineman. Here's something you might be interested in - DE Chaz Sutton and DT Euclid Cummings got large UDFA signing bonuses (15k and 10k respectively) to come aboard. Might be 2 they think will stick! Worth watching to see what happens during OTAs and training camp! Good looking out, my friend!
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    Horse, Here is the remaining offseason schedule: OTA - May 20-22, OTA - May 27-29, OTA - Jun 2-5, Mandatory Mini-Camp - Jun 10-12. Training Camp date is not announced yet, but is typically 2 weeks before the first pre-season game. That would be around July 24th. Lots of hot days left to get acclimated and in shape!
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    macabee; thank you. I sure hope they all are healed by training camp.
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    The players have the next several weeks to get healthy because I believe there is only 1 or 2 OTA's in that time period.
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