Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is looking more and more like a backup this season, a huge fall capping off what has been a bad offseason from him to say the least.
Seferian-Jenkins, a second-round pick in 2014, was expected to be a big part of the Buccaneers offense after he developed, but a miserable offseason that includes him being thrown out of practice for not knowing what he was doing and a tirade against coaches on the sidelines in the preseason has apparently cooled the team on him.
On Monday, Seferian-Jenkins was participating in practice with the second team, and Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times believes he will be third on the depth chart behind Luke Stocker and Cameron Brate.
Seferian-Jenkins, 23, took his helmet off and began yelling at coaches on the sideline during the team’s preseason loss to the Washington Redskins. Coach Dirk Koetter said that Seferian-Jenkins had to remember that “players play, coaches coach.”
In that game, Seferian-Jenkins caught just two passes for 22 yards despite being targeted seven times.
In the fourth and final preseason game, the Buccaneers played Seferian-Jenkins well into the fourth quarter, something that never happens with players who are expected to start or even contribute in a meaningful way in the regular season.
Where Seferian-Jenkins actually goes from here is unclear. Last season, he led all Buccaneers tight ends with 21 receptions for 338 yards and four touchdowns. Brate had 288 yards and three touchdowns, while Stocker had just 61 yards and a touchdown.