Buccaneers rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins indicated this week that his left foot is in good shape following surgery in February, adding that he’ll be ready when training camp opens in two weeks.
"I feel really good. My foot feels really good," Seferian-Jenkins told the Tampa Bay Times from Arizona, where he's been training. "I've been running routes, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable and confident that I'll be ready to go when it comes to training camp."
Seferian-Jenkins is reportedly working in Phoenix with Team EXOS, a sport performance company. Numbered among Team EXOS’ clients are more than 60 2014 NFL draft picks, including 11 first-rounders. Bucs rookies Charles Sims and Robert Herron also have trained with the outfit this offseason.
Because of the University of Washington’s academic calendar and an NFL policy designed to keep college players in classes for their final spring, Seferian-Jenkins wasn’t allowed to attend any professional workouts until classes concluded in mid-June. His excused absence means he will have significant ground to make up in training camp.
"The only thing you can really do is try to learn the formations and concepts, the methodology of the offense, but there's nothing that substitutes for the hands-on experience of being out there running routes, and getting the timing down with the quarterbacks, the communication, all that stuff," he said. "There's definitely going to be a little bit of a learning curve, but that's to be expected when you're not there at all. It's nothing I can't overcome. I'm just going into it one day at a time and will be working really hard."
"I spent a good amount of time with all five of the other guys who are there," said Seferian-Jenkins. "I'm excited to work with them, and I'm excited to work with the veterans as well. We're all going to get better."
Winner of the 2013 Mackey Award, given annually to the most outstanding tight end in college football, Seferian-Jenkens caught 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior for the Huskies. He also earned Second-Team All Pac-12 honors.
All told in his college career, Seferian-Jenkins boasted 143 receptions, 1,801 receiving years and 20 touchdowns, making him the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a Washington tight end.
Seferian-Jenkins expects to arrive in Tampa a few days early, giving him ample time to get better acquainted with teammates ahead of training camp, which opens July 25.
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