The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a pretty talented tight end in Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He was also close to the roster bubble, and has yet to be a consistent force for the Bucs, in part because of injuries. That didn't stop Stephen White from predicting he'll be the Buccaneers' breakout player this season, though.
He looks a little awkward at times, but ASJ runs good routes and has enough speed to run away from most linebackers in the league. If he gets matched up with a safety, he also knows how to use his size to out-muscle them for the football. He also isn't afraid of contact and doesn't mind catching balls in traffic, something I really like about his game..
The biggest question is how the Buccaneers view Seferian-Jenkins at this point. They didn't cut him, but they did ask him to play the entire fourth preseason game while they gave Luke Stocker and Cameron Brate the game off -- and Brandon Myers only played a few snaps.
The Bucs also kept a whopping five tight ends, if we include fullback/tight end Alan Cross. Seferian-Jenkins is hard to keep off the field given his talent, but it seems rather obvious that the coaching staff isn't particularly confident in his ability to be a consistent force this year.
Ultimately, we'll have to wait and see. He wouldn't be the first guy to go from two disappointing seasons to a dominant one, but he also wouldn't be the first second-round pick to turn into a marginal factor on his team. Seferian-Jenkins has the talent to be dominant. It just needs to come out.