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Austin Seferian-Jenkins | Tight End | #87

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/29/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 262
College: Washington
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (38) / TB
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught his lone target for five yards in the Bucs' third preseason game.
ASJ made no noise on the stat line, but it was notable that he got the start ahead of Cameron Brate. Brate wasn't even targeted on Friday night. Seferian-Jenkins is going to have his ups and downs in this offense as a distant third or fourth option, but he has big upside and is worthy of a TE2 flier. Aug 26 - 11:03 PM

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins will play with the first team in Friday’s preseason game.

The Bucs have given Cameron Brate most of the starter reps to this point, but ASJ has earned the promotion with his recent play. He’s reportedly improved the mental aspect of his game since his shaky start to training camp. Seferian-Jenkins is shaping up as a high-upside TE2.
Source: 620 Tampa
Aug 26 - 4:02 PM

Coach Dirk Koetter praised Austin Seferian-Jenkins' work ethic over the past couple weeks.

After opening camp as the clear No. 2 to Cameron Brate, ASJ has gained the ground back and is splitting first-team reps with Brate. "Austin's worked his way right back in there," Koetter said. "And when he got moved down the depth chart all you can ask a player when he gets moved down is that he competes and does better and tries to get back up there and he's done that." It was a motivational tactic by Koetter, and it's paid off. ASJ is a high-upside late-round flier.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 9:27 AM

Coach Dirk Koetter said Sunday that Austin Seferian-Jenkins has "earned" the right to resume splitting first-team reps with Cameron Brate.

While Brate has turned in a poor preseason, ASJ has earned strong blocking grades from Pro Football Focus and been efficient with his passing-game targets. There's no question ASJ is a superior talent. He needs to continue to show the coaching staff that he's a reliable asset, and indications are Seferian-Jenkins is on his way. He remains a late-round flyer with plenty of ceiling.
Aug 21 - 4:25 PM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught all three of his targets for 18 yards Saturday night against the Jaguars.

Seferian-Jenkins again worked behind Cameron Brate, but he made two nice grabs in the two-minute drill to end the first half and held on despite a big hit on a leaping grab in the third quarter. It is concerning ASJ worked deep into the second half, but he has reportedly been making highlight plays every day in practice. As long as he keeps that up, he will have a shot to climb the depth chart.
Aug 20 - 10:27 PM

The Sporting News' Roy Cummings reports Austin Seferian-Jenkins "is flashing" during team drills.

Cummings admits Seferian-Jenkins still looks like he is going through the motions during individual drills, but he has been "coming on" as of late during team work. He also showed maturity by praising coach Dirk Koetter for kicking him out of practice during the offseason program. Competing with Cameron Brate for the starting job, Seferian-Jenkins will need to shine throughout camp and the preseason.
Aug 9 - 10:10 AM

Coach Dirk Koetter lumped Austin Seferian-Jenkins into the category of players "fighting for a job."

"Austin's trying to get better every day," Koetter said. "Austin's working at it and that's all he can do right now. He's just got to work. That's all anybody that's fighting for a job can do. The guys that are playing the best are going to play. Catching up for some guys is knowing what they're doing. Catching up for other guys is you've got to play better, and he falls into that category." Koetter has been all over Seferian-Jenkins since taking over as coach, and he revealed Wednesday that Cameron Brate has bypassed ASJ atop the depth chart. It's fair to wonder if ASJ could be had via trade.
Aug 3 - 11:56 AM

Roy Cummings of Today's Pigskin believes Austin Seferian-Jenkins' attitude "has the potential to cost him his job."

"Seferian-Jenkins is a $10 million talent with a ten-cent head," Cummings wrote. "In just two seasons with the Buccaneers, he’s proved he has the uncanny ability to turn a molehill of a mistake into a mushroom cloud of trouble." The third-year tight end was kicked out of spring practice three weeks ago, and it wasn't the first time he's butted heads with his coaches. ASJ probably isn't in danger of being cut, but the Bucs would probably entertain trade offers for him. Coach Dirk Koetter has said Cameron Brate is in the mix to start ahead of Seferian-Jenkins.
Jun 29 - 1:58 PM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins issued an apology for getting kicked out of practice last week, then arguing with Bucs fans on Twitter.

On the same day Dirk Koetter kicked him off the practice field, ASJ told one fan he'd "eat through a straw" if he showed up to One Buc Place. "It's a lapse of judgment," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I won't let it happen again." Seferian-Jenkins believes he and Koetter have "worked things out." The enigmatic underachiever will resume his position battle with third-year TE Cameron Brate.
Jun 15 - 6:09 AM

Pewter Report’s Mark Reynolds says the Bucs are "concerned" with Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

ASJ’s twitter rant made headlines, but his on-field struggles are the real development. There’s reports he’s not guaranteed to start after missing nine games last season. Based on talent, Seferian-Jenkins should hold off Cameron Brate, but he’s entering a make-or-break year.
Jun 11 - 3:15 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter removed Austin Seferian-Jenkins from practice on Thursday.

With practice still going on, Seferian-Jenkins posted a tweet which read, "MOVING ON!!!!" That tweet has since been deleted, but a post saying he cannot "let the negative stuff get to" him remains. Koetter said afterward he sent ASJ off for not "knowing what he was doing," but cautioned not to make too much of the situation. A second-round pick in 2014, Seferian-Jenkins has played in just 16 games in two seasons. It is not out of the question he loses his job to Cameron Brate.
Jun 9 - 12:53 PM

The shoulder injury that sidelined Austin Seferian-Jenkins for nine games last season was believed to have required surgery.

Neither the Bucs nor Seferian-Jenkins ever detailed the injury's extent, but beat writer Rick Stroud indicates it was severe and "would have put most players immediately on injured reserve." Critics labeled Seferian-Jenkins as soft at the time. He has certainly lacked durability, missing extensive time in college and appearing in just 16 of a possible 32 games through two NFL seasons. ASJ remains a high-upside but high-risk fantasy investment in 2016 drafts.
Jun 3 - 12:52 AM

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter suggested Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in a fight to win a starting job over Cameron Brate.

A former UDFA out of Harvard, Brate posted a 23-288-3 receiving line in 14 games last season. Seferian-Jenkins has struggled to stay healthy, missing seven games as a 2014 rookie and nine more last year. "Jameis (Winston) and Cam(eron Brate), they really connected last year," Koetter said. "They had a real good feel for each other in the red zone and on seam routes and just all over the field really. And Cam, well, he really made the most of his opportunities." The job will belong to Seferian-Jenkins if he stays healthy. The Bucs cut Brate four days after Week 1 last season, only to re-sign him after ASJ went down. Still, this could be a make-or-break year for Seferian-Jenkins in Tampa.
May 16 - 11:34 PM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught 3-of-7 targets for 48 yards in the Bucs' Week 17 loss to Carolina.

Appearing in only seven games -- he missed nine with a mysterious shoulder injury -- ASJ finishes his rookie season with a receiving line of 21-338-4. Seferian-Jenkins is a truly Gronkian physical specimen, but he has been unable to stay off the shelf since college and is earning the reputation of a chronic underachiever. Fantasy owners willing to target Seferian-Jenkins in the middle and late rounds of 2016 drafts will have to hope he pulls a Jordan Reed-like turnaround, at least from a health standpoint. ASJ won't turn 24 until next September.
Jan 3 - 7:51 PM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins reeled in two of four targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' Week 16 loss to the Bears.

Garbage time was kind to ASJ. He reeled in a 43-yard touchdown on Tampa Bay’s final play from scrimmage. He was nonexistent before that and continues to be a relative disappointment for fantasy purposes. Seferian-Jenkins will get one more crack at it next week against the Panthers.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 06:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jameis Winston
2Mike Glennon
3Ryan Griffin
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Mike James
4Peyton Barber
5Russell Hansbrough
GLB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3RB1Charles Sims
2Doug Martin
FB1Dan Vitale
2Alan Cross
WR11Mike Evans
2Louis Murphy
3Russell Shepard
4Freddie Martino
5Evan Spencer
WR21Vincent Jackson
2Adam Humphries
3Kenny Bell
4Bernard Reedy
WR31Adam Humphries
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Cameron Brate
3Luke Stocker
4Brandon Myers
5Kivon Cartwright
LT1Donovan Smith
2Leonard Wester
LG1J.R. Sweezy
2Caleb Benenoch
3Josh Allen
C1Joe Hawley
2Evan Dietrich-Smith
3Ben Gottschalk
RG1Ali Marpet
2Kevin Pamphile
RT1Demar Dotson
2Gosder Cherilus
3Kelby Johnson
K1Roberto Aguayo