Matchup Nightmares ComingMay 11th, 2014
What should be a sure thing about the Bucs’ offense is the nausea and vomiting it will induce in opposing defensive coordinators.
How would you try to match up against Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans split wide and a double tight end set of Tim Wright and gargantuan rookie speedster Austin Seferian-Jenkins, with
Charles Sims? Doug Martin in the backfield?
Of course, the Bucs will have to pass block and rely on Josh McCown and/or quarterback of the future Mike Glennon, but the skill positions are nasty dangerous.
Pat Kirwan, the former Bucs scout and Jets personnel man, who also coached linebackers in New York under Monte Kiffin, likes the film and speed of Seferian-Jenkins. Kirwan smells what Joe revealed about offensive coordinator Tedford long ago: his fascination with two pass-catching tight ends after his study session in New England. The following is Kirwan’s CBSSports.com pre-draft look at the Bucs’ new second-round pick:
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington: The 6-foot-6, 271-pound Jenkins recently ran 4.56 and definitely got the attention of many clubs. He was trained in a pro offense under Steve Sarkisian and there’s plenty of film of him run-blocking. As a receiver he did grab 146 passes and 21 touchdowns in his three seasons. I watched his final three games of 2013 (Oregon State, Washington State, BYU) when he had nine receptions and two touchdowns. I think in the NFL he has a chance to be a complete tight end and his basketball skills are visible on tape. In the right NFL offense — like New England — he could explode in production. I see him as an early second-round pick.
Joe was most pleased to read about the run blocking film. That can’t be discounted, even though it’s more fun to think of the aerial assault from the Bucs’ new giant, high-flying, athletic receiving crew.
Tedford can’t moan about limited weapons, unless he’s talking about quarterback and offensive linemen. Joe finds himself saying an extra healing prayer for Carl Nicks this morning. C’mon, big fella.