Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seferian-Jenkins a Bright Spot in Loss

The second-year pro had a career day against Tennessee.


The Buccaneers dropped their season opener on Sunday night, 42-14, to the Titans at home. Despite a difficult game, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins excelled. He put together the best game of his career against the Titans, catching five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Seferian-Jenkins had caught just two touchdowns during his entire rookie season in 2014.

"I always feel confident about what I can do," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I always felt this way, but I need to keep on working, we've got to keep on working. The most important thing is that we win and that we get better as a team. The most important thing is the team, not me."

Seferian-Jenkins' performance was one of the best by a Bucs tight end in recent memory. He became the first tight end to catch multiple touchdown passes in a game since Kellen Winslow in 2010. In addition, he had the most receiving yards by a Bucs tight end since 2011.

He was also on the receiving end of Jameis Winston's first touchdown as a pro, hauling in a five-yard pass in the second quarter.

"Obviously, people are [going to] start prepping for him," Winston said, "because they see that he's a big target."

Seferian-Jenkins is the third Bucs' pass-catcher that's 6-foot-5 or taller, along with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Evans was sidelined Sunday night with a hamstring injury and Jackson finished second on the team in receiving, catching four passes for 51 yards.

The Bucs are set to take the field on Sunday, September 20th against the Saints for their second regular season game.

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