Hoops Helped Seferian-Jenkins

May 9th, 2014
Austin Seferian-Jenkins lit up Jeff Tedford's Cal teams.

New Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins lit up Jeff Tedford’s Cal teams.

If the Bucs wanted athletes, then they sure are getting them. Basketball types in fact.

Yesterday, the Bucs selected wide receiver Mike Evans, who turned down a basketball scholarship to the University of Texas. Tonight, the Bucs got another hoops head, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from the University of Washington, where he also played basketball.

Seferian-Jenkins explained in a conference call with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club how much hoops helped his football skills.

“Oh, it helps me so much,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “Being able to play basketball at a high level, [you are] adjusting to the ball in midair. You [develop] quick hands, quick feet. That stuff all translates to playing tight end.”

Seferian-Jenkins said that he is a complete tight end, not one-dimensional.

“I will bring explosiveness and a play-making ability and I am going to bring blocking and [be] an all around tight end that can play all three downs,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I’m a guy that is going to work hard and chase Super Bowls and try to win as many games as possible.”

On an interesting side note, Seferian-Jenkins did a number on Jeff Tedford’s Cal squads. In 2011, he had four catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. In 2012, Seferian-Jenkins caught eight passes for 154 yards and a touchdown.

Guess he made a helluva impression on the Bucs offensive coordinator.

23 Responses to “Hoops Helped Seferian-Jenkins”

  1. JGM 2.0 Says:

    Loving it so far. We will have an imposing offense. 6’5 WR Jackson, 6’5 WR Evans, 6’6 TE Seferian-Jenkins, 6’4 TE/WR Tim Wright, and most importantly a 6’7 QB MIKE GLENNON! Will be the starter at beginning of the season.

  2. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    ^^^^Should someone tell him that Glennon isn’t the starter?

  3. dmon Says:

    read into it.Saying Glennon will beat out McKown in preseason.

  4. Patrick McV Says:

    Now we have serious weapons . Can you believe this guy is even bigger that V J and Evans . LOL love it .

  5. Max Says:

    All these hoops players and Josh McCown at 34 is probably the best one!!

  6. Alexstotle Says:

    Let’s not tell him , I like his attitude.

  7. Bob Says:


  8. Broy3434 Says:

    Can I just point out people keep saying the bucks blow the draft. The holes are gone now. They’ll draft a guard, relax people. They’ll draft a QB. And don’t be surprised when mccown looks like he did in Chicago. Their slime is set with spence McCoy and McDonald in the middle. They passed on Claiborne and Kuechly and settled for Doug Martin Mark Barron and the best damn backer in football right now. Keuchly doesn’t fit Lovies system. Look at the teams in the top ten and you cannot find a whole lot of teams that still have elite players from previous drafts. Oakland? Nope Jacksonville Cleveland Washington nopee. We’ll be fine. Were grabbing Murray and a guard still and Demps or Wright in the slot. Who needs speed in the slot if you can just jump over and catch perfectly placed Lobs. We have the QB for that you all know we do. Patience folks Aaron Murray or any of these QBs all surprise you. He’ll even Glennon might surprise you

  9. Vincente Says:

    Glennon will maybe start next year. Let’s see how josh does with all these athletes he has surrounding him. If he can’t get it don’t with this talent it’s time for you to go

  10. Mumbles Says:

    We got bigger, now let’s get faster!

  11. Patrick McV Says:

    McCown can run this team let Mike learn ok let him learn Josh has skills the Mike hasn’t even thought of in reading defenses . give Glennon a break . And just because they say your our future doesn’t mean it will stay that way . Josh can handle this team

  12. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Josh Freeman could start in New York too. He’s not going to, but he could.

  13. Bill Says:

    There is actual data to back up the idea it’s more lottery then skill. Google five thirty eight, no team can beat the draft. The Pats drafting post-brady (which was a lucky pick by all accounts) covered up for their terrible drafts.

  14. CounrtyBuc Says:

    If Glennon did start he wouldn’t have to lob a pass he could throw it on a rope and still keep it out of the reach of defenders. Everyone is 6-5 to 6-7. I definitely believe Lovie when he says Glennon is the QB of the future, they are stacking they offense to suite him.

  15. JGM 2.0 Says:

    “You know how much I like Josh, but I love Mike. Mike Glennon is the QB of out future.”

    I have always said from day 1 that Josh was brought in here to push Mike. They aren’t going to give control of the offense to Mike without making him earn it. It is to build character in Mike. Lovie is a great coach and knows how to make players better.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Is there a 6’6″ RB in the draft?

  17. Broy3434 Says:

    I’m not sold on Lovie. He lied every time he approached the podium and a team that has their choice of every single QB right now. They’re borderline foolish. Take a chance on SOMEONE. No way Lovie and Tedford are going to get fired before they draft a QB

  18. K_bassuka Says:

    All HT no speed, I think Lee would’ve been a better fit…

  19. CounrtyBuc Says:

    Carolina is drafting pretty well, we better start going o-line now

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    CounrtyBuc ….I think you’re dead on about Lovie saying Glennon is the future.

  21. TheShaz Says:

    Yep, Josh could start in New York….He could also overthrow, under throw or throw 10 ft behind receivers all day long.

  22. Greg Says:

    @ Hawaiian Buc, don’t bust the dude’s bubble, today’s the MGM’s day.

  23. BoJim Says:

    Looks like Glennon is here for a while. BWA HAHAHAHA!!