Is Austin Seferian-Jenkins Still the Bucs Starting tight End?

It's time that Austin Seferian-Jenkins earn his starting role.

Over the next few weeks, I will be breaking down each position on the Bucs roster. During this process, I will discuss who stays, who goes, top free agent targets that make sense, and players that fit the position in the draft.

Today, we focus on the Bucs' Tight Ends.

Current Roster:

Player

Under Contract

2016 Cap Number

Stays/Goes

Comment

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Thru 2017

$1.4 million

Stays

Seferian-Jenkins should be the Bucs’ backup tight end heading into camp next season. He needs to earn his starting role.

Cameron Brate

Thru 2016

$600,000

Stays

Brate was the reliable tight end Jameis Winston needed last year. Brate should be the bucs’ starting tight end until beaten.

Luke Stocker

Thru 2017

$1.6 million

Stays

Stocker is an excellent blocker who may stay at tight end or become the Bucs’ full back.

Brandon Myers

Thru 2016

$1.9 million

Goes

Myers was a healthy scratch at the end of last season. His days are numbered.

Tevin Westbrook

Thru 2016

$450,000

Stays

Westbrook is a young, developmental tight end the Bucs seem to like. I’m anxious to see him in camp next season.

Top Free Agent Targets:

Ladarius Green - San Diego Chargers
Green has been stuck behind Antonio Gates for years and now has the chance to break out. Much like Delanie Walker did when he moved on from the 49ers, I expect Green to break out as a starting tight end with his next team. Green is more of a receiver than blocker.

Marcedes Lewis - Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcedes Lewis' best season came in 2010 when he totaled 10 touchdowns. His offensive coordinator that year was Dirk Koetter. If the Bucs let Brandon Myers go and move Luke Stocker to full back, Lewis may be a very good addition to provide experienced depth.

Top Names in the Draft:

If the Bucs go with a tight end, it won't be until very late in the draft:
Temarrick Hemmingway - South Carolina State
Jake McGee - Florida
Sean Price - USF


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