Austin Seferian-Jenkins Ready To RollJuly 25th, 2014
For the most part, even to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a mystery. Not only was he recovering from foot surgery to stabilize a fracture during Bucs spring practices, ASJ rarely attended.
University of Washington is on a quarter system and the school’s schedule was a conflict. Per NFL rules, rookies whose college hours conflict with OTAs or minicamps cannot participate.
Joe knows Bucs general manager Jason Licht liked his tight ends prior to the draft (in particular, Tim Wright) but ASJ had really wowed both Bucs coach Lovie Smith and Licht big time while they studied pre-draft film.
Though Licht didn’t necessarily want to draft a tight end this spring, ASJ was so far up the Bucs’ draft board that when he was still on the board in the second round, Licht and Lovie all but did double-takes, not believing he was still available. So they pounced.
ASJ gave himself a clean bill of health while talking to reporters yesterday morning when he reported to One Buc Palace. He is chomping at the bit to get started.
“I am finally here and that’s what counts,” ASJ said. “I’m ready to work with everybody else. We have a lot of good guys. You have Vincent Jackson, you have Mike Evans, you have Tim Wright. you have myself, a lot of guys who can do some things. I’m excited about getting to work.
“I’m trying to work on everything. Assuming everyone [on defense in the NFL] is really, really good. I’m trying to improve my game any way I can.
“Looking forward to getting out here. Got to throw with Josh [McCown] some days and run some routes. We got a little bit of chemistry down and some timing down.“
Joe thinks it is cool that ASJ flew out from Seattle on Friday in order to get workouts in with McCown and try to make up for lost time.
Attitudes like that have Joe excited about the coming season.
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