Head-Hanging Austin Seferian-Jenkins

August 21st, 2015

Seferian Jenkins StockerJoe is often asked how players look in training camp.

It’s a tough answer for a variety of reasons, but after a couple of weeks of practices things start to stand out.

Noticeable yesterday was the continued struggles of second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. It got to the point where twice Joe caught ASJ hanging his head, once after a very bad drop, and once after an incompletion that saw him outmuscled by Bradley McDougald, who is emerging as a force at safety.

The head-hanging was a new thing from the Bucs’ No. 1 tight end.

Seferian-Jenkins is finally healthy, but his head doesn’t appear right. And he is not standing out through this camp like he did last August, where often he appeared to be an unstoppable manbeast. Squeezing the football hasn’t been his strength in 2015.

This doesn’t take away from Seferian-Jenkins’ immense talent. It hasn’t waned. There’s a reason Dirk Koetter dared to liken him to Tony Gonzalez, but that comparison was weeks ago. Joe doubts Koetter would go there today.

If anyone needs a strong preseason game, or even a few standout practices, it is Seferian-Jenkins.

38 Responses to “Head-Hanging Austin Seferian-Jenkins”

  1. jb Says:

    NOT GOOD!! We’re counting on this guy. Please tell me we haven’t wasted another early pick!!!!!!!!

  2. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    The regression does worry me.You can have all the physical gifts in the world, but if your head is not in the game, oh boy. Hope he can get over his troubles and make a difference for Jameis and the team

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    ASJ will be fine. Not worried about it. He’s got plenty of talent for the position and will be a very good player for the Bucs as long as as he stays healthy. Just a bump in the road.

  4. Walter Says:

    He might need to talk to someone about where his heads at, I’d imagine he doesn’t feel too good about the start of his career.

  5. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Actually, it could be a good thing. Right then he was probably on himself for not being good enough.

    Mistakes lead to growth. How he responds will be key.

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    From what I’ve seen of Winston, he’ll take this opportunity to bond with ASJ and things will work out. It’s an opportunity to be a leader for Winston.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    OR…ASJ could just have a cold from practicing in the rain.

  8. The Buc Realist Says:

    Its Lovie’s fault!!! He stole his mojo when he took away the Captain Morgan!!!!!

  9. Mark Says:

    ASJ is no manbeast. He’s a manbust. He doesn’t have good hands and can’t block. What is he good for as a TE?

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo always says…..”The bigger the head, the more it hangs”…….Pablo knows because Pablo has a big head and it hangs often.” Pablo is a very nice man and a huge Buc fan….Pablo loves everyone….including the Realist.”

  11. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    ASJ is far from a bust. He may need a little help getting his head straight, but I suspect Winston or Jackson of one of the coaches will have a heart to heart and get him back on track. It’s not about his talent. You panic pansies need to have a little optimism. Your day will be much more pleasant seeing the upside rather than the endless doom and gloom. Sure, there’s a ways to go but at least the Bucs are moving up.

  12. OneLove Says:


    And when you say Pablo i’m assuming your talking about my WANG!!! IN DALLASBUC’s MOUTH!! 😀

    “It’s as simple as that” -Lovie Smith aka “I’ve been to the super bowl and you havent” aka “you may think i’m incompetent, but my WANG is way bigger than yours!”

  13. Buccfan37 Says:

    ASJ who? Oh that guy. His biorhythm’s must be off.

  14. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Meh if he can have some decent real game performances when it counts I’m sure that’ll do wonders for his psyche. But maybe we should just freak out and cut him as some of the ppl here would

  15. Getaclue Says:

    Actually we owe him thanks for Jameis for single handedly losing us the Minnesota game last year

  16. ufour20 Says:

    Can you say “Bust”..that’s all he’s been since he got here. Drops, fumbles, poor decision making. Bust in every classic sense.

  17. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Not to worry, Licht and Lovie were smart to resign, former Rutgers WR turned TE by former Bucs HC Schiano, Tim “Kiss my Ring B!tches” Wright. He might not be much of a blocker, but he’s apretty good pass catcher. ASJ probably has more potential, but Wright has more production. I too am still intrigued by ASJ’s physical potential, but production wins games not potential.

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    3 NFL seasons without producing, that’s what makes an NFL bust. ASJ has 2 more years to prove he’s not a bust.

  19. Demetrios Says:

    He’s not shown the ability to be an average receiver. He has no hands. For those who love him, it’s due to size, strength and draft position, that’s it. Dude just can’t catch.

  20. ChanEpic Says:

    I’m starting to like the Wright re-signing more and more. Great to have depth while the young guy gets it together.

  21. SOFIERCE Says:

    Looks like ASJ needs a new roommate a-la Winston! Talent gives you upside, dedication & focus cashes in results.

  22. Clodhopper Says:

    Maybe his head isn’t in it because hes too busy thinking of a stupid Instagram pic to post.

    I know he’s not a “bust” yet, but hes been very very disappointing so far.

  23. ak427er Says:

    Plus he sucks at blocking and we need someone to help out our young o-linemen. Stocker should start until he gets injured.

  24. mac Says:

    Everyone all together now on the count of three!!! Ready?



    Haha…lol… Just kidding… Let’s hope not… We need this guy to develop and contribute immediately…

    However, I can’t help but wonder which offensive lineman we could of had if we didn’t draft ASJ and Simms… Oh well…

  25. Joe Cool Says:

    @Getaclue actually thank the Bengals for pointing out to the refs the Bucs had 12 men on the field LOL! Practically gave us Winston after that.

  26. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “3 NFL seasons without producing, that’s what makes an NFL bust. ASJ has 2 more years to prove he’s not a bust”

    Get out of here with that nonsense logic. He’s a bust just like Gerald McCoy was.


  27. Tampa Tony Says:

    Good thing they brought back Tim Wright.

  28. Waterboy Says:

    I haven’t heard much about Tim Wright in camp, how is he looking?

  29. Lakeland Buc Says:

    ASJ will be ok, I look for him to really shine in Dirk Koetter offense. I think Cameron Brate will be a good fit in this offense as well.We shouldn’t expose ASJ too much during pre-season, we can’t afford another set back from him. He’s healthy now , and we should keep him healthy for the season.

  30. PanthersSuck! Says:

    Blame it on Greg Schiano

  31. Bucs4lyfe Says:

    Continued struggles? You’ve been riding his jock

  32. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    An old story worth repeating. When the all time great Bengal TE Bob Trumpy scored his first TD he dared to repeat what was a growing custom of the time, spiking the football.

    Paul Brown walked up to Trumpy on the sidelines and said into his ear…listen if you ever score another touchdown act like you’ve been there before.

    ASJ lost a lot with me with the moronic Captain Morgan pose. Shades of TO.
    I do not mind exuberant celebrations after scores. I do not expect NFL to stand for No Fun League. But when guys start planting props in the goal posts like cell phones ala TO or desperately spend far too much time trying to create some special end zone show please leave me out. I find that crap excessive and worst of all BORING.

    ASJ embarrassed the hell out himself It would have been bad enough to see VJAX do that…at least VJAX has produced enough in this league to get away with it. ASJ hasn’t done squat. His largest contribution so far is a stupid end zone pose and the resulting penalty. He needs to get serious!!!!

  33. Pawel Says:

    At his age, hes thinking about his girl and how hes in love.

  34. Pelbuc Says:

    No fire, no intensity, no passion, bad body language all spell underachieving bust! At some point the “potential” needs to turn into productivity. Sadly, this kid doesn’t get it. Just plain lazy. Another wasted high draft pick. Hope I’m wrong but so far he’s shown nothing to change my mind.

  35. Danati74 Says:

    I’ce got faith in the kid as long as his back issue…isnt an issue. He was one of the highest ranked TE’s during his time in college. Guy has the height, weight, and skills to be a good NFL TE. First all we heard was talk he was going to break out this year,..now its he doesnt look to good. If he doesnt, make room for Tim Wright…at least he is proven. Maybe not a true TE, but numbers dont lie. You can almost say it for the other TE B. Myers. Those guys got stats. ASJ has potential,.. But this is the year ASJ…get your head up an focus!

  36. firethecannons Says:

    Yes Bonzai is right, The situation with ASJ is another opportunity for JW to use his exceptional leadership skills. He will figure it out and make it work for ASJ.

    He did this with Kelvin Benjamin early 2013, KB couldn’t hold on to the ball, JW focused on him and they worked it out. I don’t know the specifics of what went down then but there was a story about JW back then and how he worked with KB to cure him of that problem.

  37. Jason McLaurin Says:

    They’re putting to much pressure on ASJ if you ask me I mean come on this guy just got healthy I mean at the very least use him in situations to start out. Koetter should use his creativity and use Tim Wright out there with ASJ. Myers is a keeper and should be a full time starter as we need all the blocking we can get to make up for the line and running backs to produce much help. We also should start incorporating our fine FB Lane into the offensive scheme. Stocker has no place here anymore and is decent trade bait as well as James if they dont get cut.

  38. BucTrooper Says:

    I was never sold on this guy. I’m going to use the dreaded S-word on him.