Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Photo by: Getty Images
When it comes to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ patience is wearing thin. 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.
Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins made several rookie mistakes last year – Photo by: Getty Images
Seferian-Jenkins’ immaturity has also shown up on game day, where he was penalized 15 yards for celebrating after a touchdown by using the ball as a prop and striking the Captain Morgan pose against Atlanta in 2014. After scoring the game-tying touchdown against Minnesota during his rookie season, Seferian-Jenkins had the ball ripped out his hands by Vikings rookie linebacker Anthony Barr, who returned the fumble for the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
Seferian-Jenkins caught a 30-yard touchdown in the Bucs’ season-opening win at Atlanta, but will likely be suspended for Sunday’s game against Los Angeles due to his arrest. 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 may sign either Alan Cross or Danny Vitale from the practice squad to help out on Sunday.
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This might be the last straw. What a clown.
I am glad an innocent person didn’t get hurt. Pretty ironic posting the picture of his “Captain Morgan” pose.
You can see the Mike Williams in ASJ. I’d much rather see Cross or Vitale called up from the practice squad. At least those guys care about having a career in the NFL.
Not surprised at all. We may have a wasted 2nd Rd pick on our hands. All the talent in the world but doesn’t work hard and is immature clown. Too bad for us.
Innocent until proven guilty is for the justice system and not football teams. He clearly needs some form of reality check from the Bucs. I’m not someone who advocates cutting ties with employees with issues. But you darn sure remove them from performing their job until they can square themselves away. As far as the team goes though I don’t see this as a huge deal. It’s not like we’re losing a ton of production. But it’s definitely not good either. My first thought was the voice of Deon Sanders (I think) saying “C’mon man!” I just hope it’s not a distraction from the rest of the guys getting ready for Sunday.
Trade him to the Pats, whatever sh-t they touch turns to gold. Early season adversity, Koetter, and Licht need to set an example. Got to have all fifty three rowing in the same direction.
I just have one word for this…’UBER’. No, I take that back…I have three words to describe this, ‘No Common Sense’. Just when we the fans thought you might be turning it around. You have let the fans down, you have let your team and coaches down, you let your family down and most of all you have let yourself down. Grow the hell up dude!
What an idiot. He’s toast.
Johnny Manziel must be in town showing ASJ how to have a successful NFL career. So much for the positive effects of getting married. Maybe now ASJ will admit he has a problem and get some help.
Another thing, what is he doing out at 4:00 am? Don’t the players report back to One Buc Place at around 6:00-8:00am? If he doesn’t got caught on this dui, wouldn’t he had come in tired, buzzed and/or hung over?
He’s no good to the Buccaneers or himself in the condition he’s in. Time to move on. Bucs cannot afford to let this kind of irresponsibility go unchecked. 4 am and practicing in the morning? Recklessly drunk and a grinning mug shot?
He’s sick and needs help. The Buccaneers can ill afford to keep him n the locker room and frankly the best thing for this guy might be the kind of reality check getting kicked off the team MIGHT entail.
What an asshat. Sorry for the language but this is ridiculous. Trade him for what you can get now. All the talent and none of the brain. Looks like we’ll have to add TE to our list of needs next off season. A list that keeps growing by the way. Damn!
I’m not willing to give up on him yet. I believe the NFL will make him go through a program.
Probably was the reason in preseason he was told to go home?
I see no reason to punish ourselves and not play him this week. He’ll probably have a good game because he knows he srewed up. Right now he has been charged, not found guilty.
He was released so I guess the bucs are over him. I say good riddance. If you can’t be a team player and handle your dream job, then he deserved to get cut. Smh
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