After being arrested in the early morning hours by Florida Highway Patrol for DUI, the Buccaneers wasted little time in cutting tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Friday afternoon.
The talented, mercurial second-round pick in the 2014 draft was arrested around 4:00 a.m. on suspicion of driving while under the influence. The arrest, which was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, took place near the State Road 60, I-275 interchange as he was traveling at speeds between 75-80 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone.
Seferian-Jenkins refused a breathalyzer test, but performed poorly on the field sobriety test, and that, combined with “glassy eyes” and the “smell of alcohol” was enough for the officer to arrest him on suspicion of DUI after he was “weaving back and forth” and made an “improper lane change,” according to the arrest record.
According to the Times, Seferian-Jenkins also faces a misdemeanor charge of violating a court-ordered Ignition Interlock Device restriction from a previous arrest for DUI in Washington in 2013. The former Washington Husky pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2013 while attending college. He was arrested in March of 2013.
Seferian-Jenkins has underachieved since entering the league as Tampa Bay’s second-round pick in 2014. He led the Bucs tight ends in receiving yards last year with 338 yards on 21 touchdowns, while his career-high four touchdowns were tied for the most on the team. Seferian-Jenkins was kicked off the practice field during OTAs this past summer for “not knowing what he was doing,” according to head coach Dirk Koetter. He then proceeded to get in a Twitter war with Bucs fans on social media.
This puts the Bucs in a bind as starter Luke Stocker is expected to miss the game with an ankle injury he suffered last week in Arizona. Tampa Bay has two healthy, eligible tight ends on the active roster in Cameron Brate and Brandon Myers, and have signed Alan Cross from the practice squad to help out on Sunday.
–Mark Cook and Scott Reynolds contributed to this report
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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