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Bucs go slowly with rookie TE

5/23/2014

Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is off to a slow start with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it’s by design.

Seferian-Jenkins was limited in the team’s rookie camp as he recovers from an injury.

“I had foot surgery, and it is well documented, and they are just working me back in; I am enjoying it,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “There’s no timetable on that. We're just working back in, we're just working the minicamp in and getting used to the plays. There’s no timetable, I’m just coming out here and working. When it’s ready it will be ready.”

Seferian-Jenkins had a stress fracture. The Bucs allowed him to do some drills, but held him out of others. Aside from the rookie camp, Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t been able to take part in the offseason program due to a rule that prohibits that until his class at the University of Washington graduates.

I don’t think it’s a big deal that Seferian-Jenkins is missing time now. The important thing is that he’s ready for training camp.

The Bucs used a second-round pick on Seferian-Jenkins. With that kind of investment, the Bucs are expecting big things from the rookie tight end.

"I just want to make an impact all over the field, whether that’s blocking, catching, being a good teammate, special teams – whatever it is I just want to be an impact player and help the team in any way I can,’’ Seferian-Jenkins said.

The addition of Seferian-Jenkins has helped make tight end one of the team’s deeper positions. Brandon Myers was signed as a free agent. Tim Wright returns after catching 54 passes last season and Luke Stocker is back from injury.

The Bucs could use a lot of sets with two tight ends and Seferian-Jenkins is likely to be one of them. The Bucs are easing Seferian-Jenkins into action right now, but they’ll expect him to compete for the starting position in training camp.