The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to be disappointed with Austin Seferian-Jenkins' production so far. Last year, he had just 21 catches for 338 yards. The only time the top tight end in a Dirk Koetter offense put up fewer receiving yards was 2014, when Levine Toilolo had 238 yards. That's not why the Bucs drafted him at the top of the second round two years ago.
Every other year, Koetter had a tight end produce far more than that. In 2007, his first year in the NFL, Marcedes Lewis caught 37 passes for 391 yards. In 2008, that increased to 41 catches for 489 yards. In 2009, 32 catches for 518 yards. In 2010, 58 for 700 yards. And in 2011, 39 for 460 yards -- and Lewis was the Jaguars' leading receiver that season, what with Blaine Gabbert being terrible and all. When Koetter got to Atlanta, he had future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, and got him to 930 and 859 yards in two years before Gonzalez retired.
Looking at Seferian-Jenkins' numbers in this way makes them seem puny, and ready to be overtaken by Cameron Brate. That's ignoring the fact that Seferian-Jenkins put up those numbers in just seven games, with two of those games cut short by injury. Pro-rated over a full 16-game season, Seferian-Jenkins would have put up 48 catches for 775 yards. Those numbers would be outstanding, and should make everyone disappointed in a couple of failed catches take a closer look.
Of course, staying healthy is easier said than done. So far, Seferian-Jenkins has missed so many games as he's played in some being drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Previous injuries aren't necessarily predictors of future injury, but it's certainly something worth worrying about. If the tight end can stay healthy, though, we should expect big things this year.