Weather wasn’t a factor on day 2 of training camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A day after lightning delayed and subsequently halted practice early, the Buccaneers got a full session in under sunny skies at One Buc Place on Saturday, July 26.
Among the players appreciative of getting a full practice in was rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a second-round pick.
Forced to miss the Bucs’ offseason program 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. He was also recovering from a foot injury.
“Today was really my first time ever getting out there and running around with the defense in over six months now,” Seferian-Jenkins told sportstalkflorida.com. “I feel good in where I’m at.”
Seferian-Jenkins, who stands 6’5” and weighs 262 pounds, has made quite an impression on the coaching staff, as well as onlookers, during the first two days of training camp.
“Seferian-Jenkins is playing catch up, but he is catching up,” Head Coach Lovie Smith noted. “He made some good plays out there today. Good size. Mentally, he stayed in the game. If you talk to him, you’ll see that’s not going to be a problem for him.”
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.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is putting on a show in 1-on-1s. It's incredible how big he looks against normal LBs.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) July 26, 2014
Smith is eager for the squad’s first full-contact practice with pads on Sunday, but at the conclusion of Saturday’s practice was widely quoted as saying the squad is not yet ready for its season opener Sept. 7 against the defending NFC South division champion Carolina Panthers.
“We’re not Carolina Panther ready right now, but we are getting a little bit closer,” Smith said.
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