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|It has been widely recognized that rookie quarterbacks lean on the tight end as they become more adept at becoming a downfield passer in the NFL. If this adage stays true for the Bucs this season, then the most talented offensive tight end on the roster is Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Tampa Bay thought highly enough of his large athletic frame to make him a second-round draft choice in last year’s draft. The former college basketball player wasn’t used much in the offense last year, but his role figures to expand greatly in 2015. With veterans Brandon Myers and Tim Wright among the other options on the roster for run blocking, Seferian-Jenkins should see the bulk of the position’s targets, including those in the red zone. His lack of a track record will depress his value, but his upside should make him one of the better TE2 gambles on draft day.
|ASJ "uncoverable" during offseason workouts|
Second-year TE limited to nine games as a rookie in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jul 13, 3:50 pm
|Can Austin Seferian-Jenkins avoid the bad luck of 2014? Will be be a force in the Dirk Koetter-designed offense in the way Mercedes Lewis was in Jacksonville, and Tony Gonzalez was with the Falcons during Koetter’s time in Atlanta? Seferian-Jenkins was healthy for all of the offseason workouts, and was virtually uncoverable during the offseason OTAs and mini-camps, which has to excite the Buccaneers staff and front office. Seferian-Jenkins, who will only turn 23 in September, could turn into a great target for rookie QB Jameis Winston who utilized former Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary often during his two seasons in Tallahassee. (Pewter Report)|
FFToday's Take: The Tampa Bay offense as a whole is a sleeping giant, stocked with three pass-catching playmakers that all stand 6-5 in Seferian-Jenkins as well as WRs Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. With Winston likely to put a stranglehold on the quarterback position for the foreseeable future and Koetter providing a huge upgrade at offensive coordinator, ASJ is easily capable of catching 50-60 passes if he can stay healthy this year.