Austin Sefarian-Jenkins came out of Washington in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was thought to be an immediate impact due to his success at the collegiate level.
The only downside is that Sefarian-Jenkins has struggled with injuries the first two seasons of his career.
His rookie year was cut short due to a foot injury and landed him on the injured reserve. 2015 looked to be a lot different with Sefarian-Jenkins looking much healthier and new quarterback Jameis Winston (first overall pick in the 2015 draft) throwing him the ball.
Everyone knows that a rookie QB’s favorite target and security blanket is his tight end, Winston was expected to have more than just a short-range target due to Sefarian-Jenkins playmaking ability and ability to be a top pass-catcher.
It also does not hurt to have a great running back like Doug Martin and plenty of attention being averted away from you due to the fact that Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson are also running down the field.
Tampa Bay has certainly helped their cause by hiring Dirk Koetter as the new head coach, the former offensive coordinator of the team. The offense will not be changing and having an offensive minded coach should bode well for Sefarian-Jenkins.
If he can stay healthy and Jameis can build on his impressive rookie year, the sky is the limit for this offense and those two as a QB to tight end threat.
Sefarian-Jenkins has the ability to lose tacklers, beat secondaries, and make play after play. I’m banking on a nice year from him, just so long as he can avoid the injury bug that has seemed to hang around him so far in his still young career.
Prediction: 62 Receptions – 780 Yards – 7 Touchdowns