Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is expected to miss four to six weeks after injuring his shoulder during the Buccaneers 26-19 win in New Orleans last Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Seferian-Jenkins is getting a second opinion, but if it’s as severe as initial reports, this is a huge loss for Tampa Bay in the first half of the season. The second-year pro caught seven passes for 139 yards and two scores over the last two weeks, building a good rapport with Jameis Winston and developing into Dirk Koetter’s system. The Bucs will likely have to rely on numerous tight ends to help fill the gap.
Earlier on Tuesday, Tampa Bay re-signed Cameron Brate, giving them three healthy tight ends with Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker. Myers caught 22 passes for 190 yards last season and could be relied upon heavily in the passing game while Seferian-Jenkins recovers. His best season came in 2012 with the Raiders, when he had 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns.
As for Stocker, the 2011 third-round pick is used primarily in the run game as a blocker. It’s possible that he’ll have a larger role in the passing game now as well.
Other Tuesday moves involved the signing of defensive end Josh Martin and release of defensive end Kourtnei Brown.
According to a team press release, Martin (6-3, 245) originally entered the league with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, as a college free agent out of Columbia. In two seasons with the Chiefs, the Aurora, Colorado native played in 19 regular season games, with one start, registering 14 tackles, one forced fumble and a half sack, to go along with 13 special teams tackles. Martin also saw action in Kansas City’s 2013 Divisional Round playoff game, tallying a special teams tackle.
The team also announced that they are releasing wide receiver Rannell Hall, defensive tackle Derrick Lott and linebacker Julian Stanford from the practice squad and signing linebacker Orie Lemon, wide receiver Evan Spencer and guard Martin Wallace to the practice squad.
Lemon (6-1, 242) was signed to the Buccaneers’ active roster on September 16 and saw action at New Orleans in Week 2. He was released by the Saints yesterday.
Spencer (6-2, 208) played collegiately at Ohio State and entered the league as a sixth-round pick (187th overall) of the Washington Redskins in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Vernon Hills, Illinois native spent this past offseason and preseason with Washington before being waived on September 9. His father, Tim Spencer, is the running backs coach for Tampa Bay.
Wallace (6-6, 330) returns to the Buccaneers’ practice squad after being released by the team following Week 1.
PewterReport.com’s Eric Horchy contributed to this article.
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