Austin Seferian-Jenkins Stuck In The BooksJune 10th, 2014
Much of Bucs fandom is wondering if hobbled left guard Carl Nicks will make it out to Day 1 of mandatory three-day minicamp, which begins this afternoon at One Buc Palace. In an earlier OTA, floppy-hat wearing Nicks was watching from the sidelines, water bottle at the ready.
Nicks has played sparingly since being sidelined by a very ugly case of turf toe in 2012, complicated by last year’s MRSA and surgeries.
One player is sure to be missing today, but he’s got an excused absence. That is second-round pick, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. While in the short run it’s not good that ASJ will not be in town — and he wasn’t at the last OTA session — it’s potentially good for him in the long run.
ASJ is tied up by NFL rules and the University of Washington, Twittered Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
Bucs say rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins can’t attend minicamp this week per NFL class policy. Washington, on quarters, still in session.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) June 9, 2014
You know what? Joe doesn’t have a problem with this, if ASJ is actually taking classes. Joe would applaud that, in fact. How mature of him to want to finish his studies. Bravo.
ASJ is a junior at the University of Washington. Per the school’s website, final exams for the Spring quarter end Friday. The NFL prohibits draft picks from attending minicamp until their school’s current term or semester is completed.
Now Joe knows there will be bitter Bucs fans who want ASJ in camp now to learn the playbook, and it’s very possible he will be behind as a result of still being in class.
Well, it’s not like the Bucs are short of tight ends with Tim Wright and Brandon Myers in fold.
During the rookie minicamp ASJ attended, he didn’t do much because he was still rehabbing his surgically repaired foot. So even if ASJ were here, his underwear football activities would be limited in what he could do.