Fight For A Starting JobJune 23rd, 2014
When the Bucs drafted Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round last month, it was a bit of a surprise in that the tight end position for the Bucs was already stocked. Tampa Bay already had gone out and signed Brandon Myers and still had talented Tim Wright on the roster.
So suddenly, the Bucs went from being OK at the position to deep. For ESPN blogger Pat Yasinskas, the battle to start should be a good one.
Rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins might be the long-term answer. But he might not get a lot of playing time in the short term. Seferian-Jenkins wasn’t allowed to take part in the offseason program and that could put him behind the competition. Brandon Myers, Tim Wright and Luke Stocker all have more experience.
Yeah, Joe doesn’t think ASJ is going to start right away, for what Yasinskas points out and because he was nursing a sore foot after offseason surgery. For the little time he was with the Bucs in rookie minicamp, he was limited in what he could do. So for those facts alone, Joe believes Bucs fans will have to wait a while to see the full “Dunkaneers.”
As for Luke Stocker, well, Joe is going to quote a local member of the pen and mic club who scoffed about the possibility of Stocker, fan favorite, being retained by Bucs coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht, “The only way Luke Stocker makes the team is if the Bucs break out a four-tight end set.”