Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins entered the league with lots of potential after being drafted in the second round by Tampa Bay just two years ago. But at 23 years old, Seferian-Jenkins has been a player with question marks instead.
Despite his injuries, many have questioned his commitment to football. The timing of his Instagram posts and tweets while the rest of the team is putting in extra work is just a small sample of what has been building up for quite some time which has placed him under a microscope.
All that has brought us to what happened on Thursday during the final OTA practice. Seferian-Jenkins was sent home early, per media reports, and via Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings, he was sent home for not knowing what he was doing.
#Bucs HC Dirk Koetter says he sent TE ASJ off the field after ASJ for not "knowing what he was doing."
— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) June 9, 2016
Seferian-Jenkins’ day didn’t end there. While the team was wrapping up practice he was tweeting and even engaged some fans in an un-friendly manner.
Can't let negative stuff get to u. Let it happen and move on!
— Austin Seferian J (@Aesj88) June 9, 2016
Backup tight end Cameron Brate played well last season and left many wondering if the Bucs really “need” ASJ. This year was going to have to be the year Seferian-Jenkins proved his worth. As of right now, he hasn’t done much this offseason to help his case.
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter obviously had enough with his young tight end that he didn’t want to continue answering questions on the issue, telling media members in attendance after practice that he would rather talk about players who were actually at practice. It’s clearly a new day in Tampa Bay and whether you are Austin Seferian-Jenkins or someone else, you look clueless or uncommitted, you won’t be on the field.