Not that there would have ever been a “right’’ week to do so, but it seems tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins picked the absolute wrong week to get himself kicked off the Buccaneers roster.
According to fellow tight end Cameron Brate, everyone on the Bucs tight end position group was giddy about the opportunity they had to make big plays against the Rams last Sunday.
“We knew that we were going to have some really good looks in the red zone, especially the guys in the tight end room,’’ said Brate, who was easily the biggest beneficiary of Seferian-Jenkins departure.
With ASJ out Brate took over as the primary tight end target and matched a career high with five catches, including two for touchdowns, the most he’s had since coming to the league out of Harvard in 2014. He actually had a chance at a third TD in the fourth quarter that Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree knocked away at the final split second.
You would have to think that under normal circumstances, Seferian-Jenkins might have had a similar output. After all, he ranked right behind Brate in tight end targets the first two games.
So who knows? Maybe ASJ was celebrating in advance of what he thought would be a big day for himself before he was pulled over and arrested for DUI shortly before 4 a.m. last Friday?
Either way, he missed out on what proved to be a big day for the tight ends. In addition to Brate catching five of the 10 balls thrown his way Brandon Myers and Alan Cross combined for four targets as well.
Myers and Cross combined for only one catch, a seven-yard reception by Myers, but that had more to do with the struggles quarterback Jameis Winston had with his accuracy than anything else.
Sefarian-Jenkins was claimed off waivers by the Jets Monday, and the Bucs have moved on and and obviously, have other young options too.