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Austin Seferian-Jenkins | Tight End

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/29/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 262
College: Washington
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Buccaneers.com's Joe Kania said sophomore TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was "impressive" during training camp practices.
Seferian-Jenkins struggled to make a mark in preseason games, catching just 2-of-5 targets for 25 yards, but he reportedly dominated down the seams in practice. ASJ should be third in line for targets in Tampa and has real breakout potential. Sep 4 - 9:21 PM

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught a 14-yard pass in the Bucs' third preseason game.

ASJ was targeted two times on the night. His grab was an impressive one down the seam where he was upended at the end of the play. Through three preseason games, Seferian-Jenkins has caught just 2-of-5 targets for 25 yards. It's a bit concerning when Jameis Winston has attempted 47 passes. ASJ is going to be a distant third in line for targets behind both Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
Aug 29 - 9:49 PM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas said TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has struggled with drops in camp.

Yasinskas added the Bucs could turn to Brandon Myers as the starter if the drops persist. On a team with not much hope of competing this year, benching a sophomore second-round pick for a journeyman entering his age-30 season would be a bad decision. ASJ should open the season with the first team.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 8:49 AM

Coach Lovie Smith said "we have big plans" for Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

The injury bug and standard rookie-year tight end issues hampered Seferian-Jenkins in 2014. But he's completely healthy now and having an impact at camp. "We’ve talked about Austin since he got here, what his potential will be," Smith said. "Every day he’s on the field, he confirms that more. There’s not a whole lot to dislike about Austin." Expect ASJ to be third on the Bucs in targets, behind only Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
Aug 11 - 10:35 AM

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter gave Austin Seferian-Jenkins a Tony Gonzalez comp.

This was inevitable given ASJ's skill set and Koetter's experience coaching Gonzalez in Atlanta. The Bucs' tight ends coach, Jon Embree, also worked with Gonzalez in Kansas City. Armed with a TE-friendly scheme, health and a quarterback upgrade, the 22-year-old 6'5/262 Seferian-Jenkins carries far more upside than most TE2s.
Aug 4 - 10:55 AM

Pewter Report says TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was "virtually uncoverable" during OTAs and minicamps.

Seferian-Jenkins' rookie year was stunted by a college foot injury, and subsequent issues with his conditioning, back and ankle. Now the 6'5/262 mountain of a man is fully healthy and playing in a Dirk Koetter scheme that has previously squeezed a career year out of Marcedes Lewis and heavily utilized Tony Gonzalez. ASJ also gets a quarterback upgrade in the form of Jameis Winston, who targeted TE Nick O'Leary a nation-high 73 times at Florida State last year. Mount Seferian has a reasonable amount of sleeper appeal as a flier available in the 11th- to 14th-round range.
Jul 13 - 8:14 AM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins suggested the Bucs' 2014 offense was held back by ex-OC Marcus Arroyo.

"Obviously not having the offensive coordinator here that signed up for the job was not good," said Seferian-Jenkins, referring to Jeff Tedford, who gave way to Arroyo in the preseason due to health issues. The Bucs averaged 292 yards per game under Arroyo, behind only the Raiders and Jacksonville. Reporter Scott Reynolds expects ASJ to "benefit the most" from new OC Dirk Koetter. Limited by injuries and an ineffective Josh McCown last year, Seferian-Jenkins could push for low-end TE1 value behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson this season.
Jul 10 - 5:34 PM

Buccaneers.com lists Austin Seferian-Jenkins as a candidate for a breakout year.

Seferian-Jenkins is "primed for the type of season the Bucs envisioned when they drafted him," according to reporter Scott Smith. With Jameis Winston at the controls and in a more tight end-friendly offense, ASJ will easily outperform his 21/221/2 rookie-year line if he stays healthy. Nick O’Leary led tight ends in targets (73) and won the Mackey Award as Winston’s primary checkdown last year.
Jun 26 - 6:41 PM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas expects new OC Dirk Koetter to target the tight ends more this season.

Tampa Bay quarterbacks targeted tight ends on 15% of their throws last season, which is well below league average. Under Koetter, that number should rise closer to the 20% mark, giving Austin Seferian-Jenkins a great chance to better his 38 targets from last season. ASJ is a decent TE2 flier in the late rounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 10:35 AM

The Bucs reportedly believe a healthy Austin Seferian-Jenkins can produce 60 or more catches.

Seferian-Jenkins hobbled his way to just 21 catches as a rookie, but the Bucs aren't worried. They added nothing to their tight end room in free agency and new OC Dirk Koetter has a history of maximizing talent at the position. Seferian-Jenkins should be running free down the middle of the field a ton with Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson soaking up attention, and is a massive red-zone target at 6'5/262. ASJ is a sneaky breakout candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 2 - 10:59 AM

Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds expects second-year TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to be a "featured weapon" in the Bucs offense.

New Bucs OC Dirk Koetter has traditionally been successful utilizing tight ends. Mercedes Lewis had his best season as a pro under Koetter in Jacksonville, and Koetter fed the ball to Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta. Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans will soak up their share of targets outside, but Seferian-Jenkins has the frame and athleticism to dominate over the middle. With the tight end position as weak as ever, second-year players like Seferian-Jenkins and Lions TE Eric Ebron could easily be top-ten options in 2015.
Mar 21 - 10:23 AM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) is back at 100 percent.

ASJ missed the final three games of the season, spending the final two on injured reserve. "It’s feeling awesome — so much better since the end of the season," ASJ said. "By being put on (injured reserve) I got a chance to rest, so it’s feeling great again." Already singled out for praise by new OC Dirk Koetter, ASJ will be on the radar as a TE1 breakout candidate in 2015.
Feb 5 - 3:05 PM

New Bucs OC Dirk Koetter mentioned Austin Seferian-Jenkins when discussing the talent he now has on offense.

It would have been easy heap praise on Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson and gloss over a tight end who posted a meager 21-221-2 rookie line. But Koetter, who coached Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta for two seasons, is well aware of the skill set Seferian-Jenkins possesses. This is a 6'5/262 mountain of a man with 4.56 speed, giving the next Bucs' quarterback (likely Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota) a massive catch radius. ASJ is a candidate to take a big step forward as a NFL sophomore.
Jan 22 - 9:01 AM

Bucs placed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins on injured reserve with a back injury, ending his season.

ASJ had been sidelined since Week 12. It's a disappointing end to a disappointing rookie season, but ASJ's injury is not considered serious. He was just running out of time to return with only two games left. ASJ caught 21 passes for 221 yards and two scores across nine games, committing myriad mental errors along the way. He remains an intriguing long-term prospect, however, and is a definite hold in dynasty formats. A mountainous 6-foot-6, 262 pounds with 4.56 speed, ASJ doesn't turn 23 until September.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is inactive for Week 15.

ASJ can't get over the hump with his multitude of injuries. The Bucs will turn to a rotation at tight end presumably led by Brandon Myers.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 11:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jameis Winston
2Mike Glennon
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Bobby Rainey
4Mike James
GLB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3RB1Charles Sims
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Mike Evans
2Russell Shepard
3Rannell Hall
WR21Vincent Jackson
2Louis Murphy
3Donteea Dye
4Kaelin Clay
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
4Cameron Brate
K1Kyle Brindza