One change to your daily Austin Seferian-Jenkins report from One Buc Place.
The second-year tight end, who injured his shoulder in Week 2, was a full-participant in Friday’s practice after being limited the first two days of the week.
Head coach Lovie Smith said Friday that Seferian-Jenkins is continuing to make progress and could see time this Sunday if medically cleared. He’s officially listed as questionable on the final injury report for Sunday.
“When a guy is ready to go and he can protect himself, we’ll get him on the football field,” Smith said. “We’ll see how it is with him.”
Even if Seferian-Jenkins returns to action against the Giants, Tampa Bay will likely monitor his shoulder and keep him on a “pitch count,” much like they did with Mike Evans when he returned from a strained hamstring in Week 3.
With that said, expect Cameron Brate to see a decent amount of time again this weekend. The Harvard grad drew rave reviews from his teammates after catching the game’s and his first career touchdown last Sunday, in addition to a 28-yard grab in the second quarter during the eventual overtime win in Atlanta.
“Austin has been injured a few games while he’s been here, but it’s always about that next guy stepping up,” Smith said. “Cameron did a good job last week – got a game ball voted by his teammates. As a general rule, tight end is a big part of our offense. So whether it be Brandon Myers or Cameron, we’ll need them to step up.”
Smith went on to say that live-action reps have accelerated Brate’s learning curve, and the team has confidence in his ability to perform well in a key role in the offense.
Ultimately Tampa Bay would like to have both tight ends available. Aside from the importance of the position in their own system, it should be noted that last Sunday the Giants defense surrendered 147 yards on nine catches to Saints’ TE Ben Watson, a game-high in both categories. Not to mention the Bucs are still decimated with injuries at wide receiver and could use more pass-catchers.
If last week’s Giants game is any indication, the tight end looks should be there and a healthy Seferian-Jenkins and emerging Brate could each have a big day.
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Didn’t this knot head just fall down in the end zone in New Orleans and that’s how he hurt his shoulder.
I know it’s astro turf but for gawds sake, he’s acting like a truck hit him
I’m pretty much over hearing about Jenkins and his shoulder.
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