It’s bad enough when a player has to overcome adversity coming back from an injury. It’s also bad when a player is fighting to keep his name relevant. Put both together and you have a player where his future with his team is in doubt.
That’s the position Buccaneers’ tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in.
There is no doubt that Seferian-Jenkins is a talented player. His injuries have limited his career in Tampa Bay so far which has brought upon some rumblings of his commitment to returning to the field at a high level entering this offseason. Sprinkle in the play from backup Cameron Brate and many are even saying there is no longer a need for ASJ on Tampa Bay’s roster. While that may seem like a stretch for some, it’s something TBC has heard already.
It’s all a recipe for uncertainty moving forward. Although tight ends coach Jon Embree hopes his young tight end can stay healthy, the national media is beginning to talk about him losing his job. And that’s never a good indication that there are no question marks heading into a season.
Still, Seferian-Jenkins has shown up to offseason work for the Bucs. Despite the talk and the rumors swirling, he has got to perform in 2016 and find a way to stay on the field. If he experiences yet another season of limitations then rumors can quickly become fact.
It’s an unfortunate reality, but a reality nonetheless.