ASJ Likes His Extra Coaches

September 17th, 2016

austin seferian-jenkins 0812aAfter catching his first touchdown pass during a Buccaneers victory on Sunday, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was feeling filled with gratitude.

And it wasn’t just for his playcaller and quarterback.

Speaking on the Buccaneers Radio Network this week, ASJ talked about his evolution as a tight end and how he is striving to become a complete player because it’s so critical at his position. Veteran teammates are helping him stay patient and keep the right mentality.

“Brandon Myers is a great example of what it means to be a complete tight end,” ASJ said of his 31-year-old teammate with 193 career catches.

“He can run all the routes we need. He can block and he can pass protect, and he’s patient. Sometimes as a young guy you get impatient, but he always reminds me, definitely myself, that it’s a work in progress and things just don’t happen overnight. The run game, footwork, hat placement. You can be preached and taught and taught all you want. But it’s got to take time and work and mistakes and failures to become a good player.

“And I think that’s something that him and Luke Stocker do a great job of really saying that in the [meeting] room, almost being like a second and third coach. If there’s something [tight ends] Coach Embree doesn’t see, they’ll bring it to our attention. They’ll help the guys like myself, Cameron Brate, Dan Vitale, Alan Cross. So having that veteran experience in the room is extremely valuable.”

Joe can’t emphasize enough how level-handed and mature ASJ sounded during his one hour on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

That’s very encouraging, but his maturity must be proven on the field over the course of a 16-game season.

11 Responses to “ASJ Likes His Extra Coaches”

  1. PleadingBuc Says:

    Encouraging perspective. Really rooting for this guy. #GoBucs

  2. BucinJax Says:

    Looking forward to seeing him get better and better and more complete.

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    Catches at Arizona will help towards a possible win. Maximum effort is the key. This is the new and improved ASJ.

  4. WelshBuc87 Says:

    He started off that way on the radio, but there is something about him that is very false and it seems as though he could break at any moment still. As long as he keeps scoring TDs then I can put up with it, but he still has a long way to go.

  5. Bob in Valrico Says:

    just the work ASJ put in to get out of the doghouse and the attitude he has displayed towards teammates and coaches,tells me Asj is focused on football.he also appears to have support o his Coaches and teammates. his
    skillset is needed on this team.

  6. rayjay1122 Says:

    Everyone deserves a second chance. I am glad he may be accepting his role on the team and he has the physical ability to be a great TE. I am pulling for him to stay healthy enough to stay out of sideline floppy hat patrol and actually show what he can do on the field. Every weapon makes us more dangerous, so yeah, I hope he turns it all around mentally since that is in his control and that he can stay injury free so we can see what he can do in a complete season.

  7. Owlykat Says:

    ASJ finally got it with help from everyone he has thanked and he finally showed it on the field and I hope he has his best game this week because Peterson will try to shut down Evans but they can’t stop our other receivers and Tight Ends.

  8. Ray Rice Says:

    Captain softie has a lot of upside. But upside doesn’t win in the NFL.

  9. cometowin2 Says:

    The best tight end ever saw something in his game that he felt he could be the next great tight end. I think he earned the start this week or at least a lot more snaps. Could be key to winning the game this week.

  10. KingBuc17 Says:

    Wow, what a turn around for this guy, I thought he was going to be traded at the beginning of the year in a package deal with Glennon (vikes), but he has really buried his head in his work. I am really rooting for this guy now. What an attitude adjustment. Tend to forget these guys are 20-23 years of age making tons of $$ for the first times in their live…immature..

  11. teacherman777 Says:

    Big Joe called it. (me)

    10 TD’s for this free-thinking rebel!!

    Square headed jocks and haters can’t get a creative like ASJ.

    But I see the spirit he is!

    10 TDs baby!

    Teacherman777 called it first!