The Buccaneers offense may be getting a boost on Sunday with the return of rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has missed the last two games with a severely sprained ankle. The team’s second round pick in 2014 practiced today for the first time since injuring the ankle in Tampa Bay’s 20-14 season-opening loss to Carolina and is preparing to play at Pittsburgh.
“I’m going to do some practicing today,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “We’ll see how it goes. Everyone has been working really hard. It’s unfortunate that we’ve had this start, but we’re one game away from getting on a roll. That’s what everyone needs to remember. It doesn’t happen overnight, but all it takes is one game to get on a roll. Everyone is in here working hard, coaches and players included. It’s going to come around. It’s just a matter of time.”
The Bucs’ 30th-ranked offense could use Seferian-Jenkins, who caught a 26-yard pass in the first quarter against the Panthers before running back Doug Martin crashed into him and rolled up on his ankle.
“It sucks being hurt,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I didn’t miss a game due to injury, but I got hurt coming out of college going to the draft. That happens and it’s part of football. You get injured but it’s how you come back from it. I’ll be ready when I get a chance to come back. I’m excited.
“I’m real eager to go out there and make a difference. I came here to make a difference. That’s what I want to do. As soon as I get out there I’m going to make a difference.”
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
Best news I’ve heard since the opener. I think people underestimate just how much a QB needs a TE who can consistently get open to have successful in the NFL these days. I just hope is healed enough by Sunday for him to be able to actually get open.
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