Sims, Seferian-Jenkins Will Learn To Be SpecialMay 17th, 2014
Joe wrote earlier this week about how the Bucs’ special teams have more question marks than The Riddler’s house.
So what about the Bucs’ new rookies? Do they have special teams experience?
Rookie running back Charles Sims told Joe he worked with the punt team yesterday for the first time in his career. “Just going with the flow, man,” Sims said of his desire to help the Bucs in any way.
Sims has experience as a gunner and safety on kickoff teams in college, but didn’t play defense or special teams in high school.
Gargantuan tight end and second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins only worked in college on field goal block teams. “That’s about it,” he told Joe yesterday. “But I’m down to play special teams.
Of course, a top pick and potential super star like Mike Evans wont be put at risk on special teams.
Joe will learn more about the experience of the Bucs’ fifth-round offensive linemen and sixth-round pick Robert Herron at rookie minicamp, though Herron struggled mightily to catch punts in the wind at One Buc Palace yesterday.
It’ll be interesting to see where the Bucs’ special teams pieces emerge. Joe could see a scenario in which the Bucs hold on to a fourth tight end like Tom Crabtree, who’s versatile and is a standout special teamer. His shot could be enhanced by unknown timetable for the healing of Seferian-Jenkins’ surgically repaired foot fracture.