Friday, June 13, 2014
Rookie TE at a disadvantage
By Pat Yasinskas
If rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins doesn't look up to speed when the Buccaneers start training camp next month, there's a good reason for that.
Seferian-Jenkins missed almost the entire offseason program. The only portion he did make was the rookie camp and he was limited because he still was recovering from foot surgery. Other than that, Seferian-Jenkins wasn't allowed to be around the Bucs this spring.
The NFL and NCAA have a rule that prohibits players from taking part in team activities while classes are still in session at their colleges. The University of Washington, where Seferian-Jenkins played, is on a quarters system and school is still in session.
It's nobody's fault, but Seferian-Jenkins will be at a distinct disadvantage when training camp starts. That's unfortunate because the Bucs have big plans for the second-round draft pick. Ideally, they'd like him to be their starting tight end to open the season.
But that might not be possible unless Seferian-Jenkins picks things up very quickly. The Bucs are deep at tight end with Brandon Myers, Tim Wright and Luke Stocker. Those three were around for the offseason program and that could give them a jump on Seferian-Jenkins.