The Rebirth Of ASJ

August 24th, 2016


If making a few plays in the second half of a preseason means he has resurrected his career, it seems tweety Austin Seferian-Jenkins may just become a No. 1 tight end.

ASJ’s decent game came at the perfect time. Cam Brate, incumbent No. 1 tight end, had a poor evening in Jacksonville.

There is no question ASJ has supreme physical tools. The fact he’s beginning to make plays has Tom Krasniqi of WDAE-AM 620 intrigued.

“ASJ is really coming on,” Krasniqi said. “He is securing those footballs. He is putting in the work that needs to get done. Having two tight ends on the field is something they are going to do quite often. So [Cam] Brate and ASJ will play and play quite a bit. But this is a very good sign for the Bucs. Austin Seferian-Jenkins has the type of talent a lot of teams are looking for. A basketball power forward-type of body who can box out defenders and way too big for safeties to deal with. That is very encouraging.”

There is no question ASJ has the physical tools. It has been a combination of bad luck, being thrown under a bus by a former coach, and not using his head which has slowed ASJ’s development with the Bucs.

To hear Krasniqi talking about ASJ, click the arrow below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.

15 Responses to “The Rebirth Of ASJ”

  1. Wombat Says:

    Not every footballer comes out cookie Koetter ready ( see what I did there…) ASJ is blessed with probably a lot more talent than people on here think he deserves. Maybe if he was drafted from Ohio St, FSU, Alabama or some other team that has a coach that would have put the work into him so he was “NFL ready” he would already be a super star. His talent alone will keep him on a roster way longer than most… I am glad he is a Buc and I am less worried about him now than I am of Aguayo…..

  2. BucinJAX Says:

    Sure would be nice to have a focused, healthy, mature ASJ in the games.

  3. Eric Says:

    Man this boat had sailed this horse has died. Maybe just maybe the kid really had a wake up call when the starting position was given to some one else

    The who he was going up against argument does not hold any weight either is that the suggestion Brate was going up against starters so he had a bad game yeah sounds pretty silly don’t it? The coaches review the film everyday after practice I’m sure that has a lot to do with him assending up the depth chart also!!

  4. Eric Says:

    Has sailed correction

  5. Tom Edrington Says:

    Waiting for Godot…….

  6. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Hope ASJ stays on this path,he has the skillset to add WR like talent and can
    help a wide receiver core that is a little thin.Big target to help Winston with his slow starts.
    Gotta love Jameis, when questioned about AGuayo,he spoke up and said
    he was 0for 6 and he has to play better.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If a player can hit the doghouse in the first half of preseason….he can certainly get out in the 2nd half….

    ASJ will be fine..

  8. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Dirk Koetter is the best thing to happen to this team in years.His honesty and
    clearly defined expectations have helped ASJ turn his attitude around.
    ASJ has shown he is willing to give up his body to make catches.That is actually how he got hurt last year,coming down on his shoulder on the rock hard astroturf.that ridiculous excuse for a playing field should be outlawed.
    Too many players in too many sports have had serious injuries on it.

  9. Bob in Valrico Says:

    If you think about it Jameis can also help out his receivers by getting the ball
    out on time and in a spot where receiver has a chance to go up and come down without having his legs cut out from under him. No Knock on Jameis here, just an observation of seeing receivers being hung out to dry by other
    QB’s through the years.

  10. ATrain Says:

    ASJ gets all the excuses in the world.. PLEASE what has he done??? Caught a few balls..

    Then he has a good game against the third string of the JAGS and all of a sudden he is doing Great..

    This guy needs to be in movies he can play the STAY PUFF Man in Ghostbusters.


    He will get hurt with in the first three games…

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    ASJ playing well will be a big boost to the offense. He very well can clear up all the doubt and be a factor, I would not put a resurgence past him. This is where he exits the funk.

  12. Mojiska Says:

    Maybe, just maybe he isn’t just catching the coaches eye in the 2nd half of a preseason game? Maybe his 3 tds caught in the jags practice caught their eye? Maybe he has been busting his butt in practice trying to work his way back on to the field? I’m not against Brate at all, I think he is a solid contributor and they can trust him to do what they ask him to do. But there is no denying ASJ physical gifts, if he can get that nonsense behind him and prove to coaches(not us keyboard warriors) that he has changed.

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    REbirth? Give me a break! He’s done nothing as of yet. Lets see him produce. Yes, he..flashes here and there. But no consistency. We shall see in about 3 weeks!

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    If Evans, VJax and Martin stay healthy and ASJ has a break out year – this offense could be very fun to watch and hard to stop.

    We’re rootin for ya Austin. This team really needs a healthy, positively motivated ASJ this year in order to fire on all cylinders.

  15. BrandonBuc Says:

    He looked like a fat slob cutting in and out of his breaks today. A few of us were talking about it. He was so slow!