Paging Austin Seferian-Jenkins; Where is He?

New Bucs offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, likes to use the tight end, but Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been quiet this preseason. He's among the players to watch in Saturday's 3rd preseason game.

New Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has had a lot of success utilizing tight ends in his stops with the Jaguars and Falcons. We all know the success Tony Gonzalez had with Koetter in Atlanta, but Marcedes Lewis had a breakout season with Koetter as his offensive coordinator in Jacksonville. During the 2010 season, Lewis totaled 700 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. It's pretty apparent that Koetter is a fan of using his tight ends.

One would think, as I have done for months now, that Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be in for a breakout season. While it may be true, there have literally been zero signs in the Bucs' first two preseason games that Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be a significant part of the Bucs offense. 

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has just one catch in the preseason through two games. That catch was a whopping 11 yard reception. For comparison, Cameron Brate and Brandon Myers have four and three catches respectively, and each have over 40 yards receiving. With a rookie quarterback, tight end must be a position relied upon and utilized during the regular season. After a very slow rookie season, Austin Seferian-Jenkins needs to bounce back with a strong sophomore campain.

Seferian-Jenkins gets another prime opprtunity to produce with Mike Evans now out the remainder of the preseason. It would be nice to see him step up and become the big part of the Bucs offense that we all expect him to be.

The Bucs play the Browns on Saturday night at Raymond Jameis Stadium. The game starts at 7:00.


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