When it comes to tight ends, Austin Seferian-Jenkins might be one you settle for late in your Fantasy draft, not one you target. Despite an incredible Week 1 last season that saw him get over 110 yards and score twice, "ASJ" wrapped the year with 338 yards and four touchdowns in seven games with the Buccaneers. And of the four touchdowns, three came in garbage time in the fourth quarter with one on a meaningless game-ending Hail Mary. The larger concern is a shoulder injury Seferian-Jenkins had that kept him sidelined for nine weeks. It all adds up to a player most Fantasy owners shouldn't be keen on targeting late in drafts. Ladarius Green and Eric Ebron are two tight ends that look like better late-round choices.
Seferian-Jenkins took full responsibility Tuesday for both being asked to leave last Thursday's OTA session, and for his social media communications with fans following the incident, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. It was a tumultuous conclusion to OTAs last week for the third-year tight end to say the least, as he was banished to the locker room by head coach Dirk Koetter for a lack of preparation. Seferian-Jenkins' social media-based reactions to the ouster only served to exacerbate the situation, as he became belligerent in his digital exchanges with a number of fans who took the opportunity to levy criticism at him for his play over his first two seasons. The towering tight end was a full participant in the opening mini-camp practice Tuesday, and expressed regret-- as well as support for his head coach's decision to remove him from practice-- in meeting with reporters after the conclusion of the session. Seferian-Jenkins is once again set to be a focal point of the Bucs' offensive attack going in to 2016, but his ability to deliver on his massive potential will naturally hinge on whether he's able to remain healthy throughout the campaign.
Seferian-Jenkins was sent off the field at practice Thursday for not "knowing what he was doing" according to Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports. Seferian-Jenkins is on track for a boom in value heading into the 2016 season given he avoids injury, but Thursday's events at practice could indicate a less-than-stellar relationship with Koetter thus far, the team's new head coach. The third-year tight end was essentially placed in a timeout while Koetter said not to make too much out of the situation. At this point Seferian-Jenkins' value and role won't be impacted due to one bad day of practice.
Seferian-Jenkins only needs a clean bill of health to fulfill his vast potential, according to Bucs tight end coach Jon Embree, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The third-year tight end's well-publicized shoulder injury last season-- which caused an absence that unexpectedly extended to 10 games-- was cause for considerable consternation among Bucs fans, who eventually began to question Seferian-Jenkins' toughness. However, the University of Washington product was working diligently behind the scenes to get back on the field, and eventually returned for the final five games of the season. The 23-year-old was on pace for 56 receptions and more than 1,100 yards after amassing seven receptions for 139 yards in the two contests before the injury. A full season of health would be the key to Seferian-Jenkins having a breakout campaign according to his position coach, who sympathizes with the injury problems his young charge has encountered in his young NFL career. "Like I told him it's unfortunate because when he gets hurt, it's a 10-game type issue it seems like," Embree said. "So hopefully he can stay healthy and show everybody what he's capable of. I feel bad for him because it means a lot to him, it's important to him and he works. He's done a lot this off-season to continue to improve so I'd like the see him stay healthy not just for the benefit of the team but for him, also."
Seferian-Jenkins secured three of seven targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers. The sophomore tight end wrapped up the season with 14 catches over his final five games, after missing nine contests with a shoulder injury. He was unable to top three catches in any game except for an opener where he delivered on his tremendous promise by hauling in five receptions for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He did visit the end zone twice more over the final three weeks, and will look to put a largely forgettable second-year campaign behind him with a strong offseason working on his chemistry with Jameis Winston. With his outstanding size/speed combination, Seferian-Jenkins should easily eclipse the pair of 21-catch seasons he's started his career with if he can remain healthy for all 16 games.
Seferian-Jenkins secured two of four targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Bears. The second-year tight end salvaged his stat line by hauling in Jameis Winston's 43-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired. Otherwise, it was another forgettable afternoon for Seferian-Jenkins, who has struggled to regain a place in the offense after having missed nine games earlier in the season with a shoulder injury. The 23-year-old will attempt to close out his injury-shortened 2015 campaign in positive fashion against the Panthers in Week 17.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||Los Angeles Rams||25||8.25|
|7||10/23||@San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|11||11/20||@Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|13||12/04||@San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|14||12/11||New Orleans Saints||33||12.38|
|16||12/24||@New Orleans Saints||33||12.38|
|3 Year Avg||38||21||280||3||15||13.33||46|