The Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff has spent significant time defending tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but today, head coach Dirk Koetter sent him off the practice field after what appeared to be a mistake in lining up. Paul Ryan of WFLA TV grabbed the moment when it happened.
Here's the moment starting TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was told to "Get out of here" by #Bucs coach Dirk Koetter. pic.twitter.com/UQVqc2lC8D— Paul Ryan (@WFLAPaul) June 9, 2016
That's not something we see every day. In fact, as far as I know, it's the first time this offseason a player has been sent off the practice field.
"He didn’t know what he was doing or something like that," Koetter said after practice. "You guys are making more of it than you need to."
Seferian-Jenkins tweeted this after practice, presumably and later retweeted Rick Stroud clarifying that he was "moving on from the mistake.
Can't let negative stuff get to u. Let it happen and move on!— Austin Seferian J (@Aesj88) June 9, 2016
I don't know if I can agree with Koetter that it's being made into more than it really should be. It didn't look particularly egregious, but we don't see players getting sent to the locker room every day. And for a player who's struggled to stay on the field and be consistent when he is, this isn't a great sign.