The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have upgraded their receiving stable 10 fold this offseason by spending a top-10 selection on WR Mike Evans, a 6-foot-5 target, for QB Josh McCown. The team also upgraded the tight end position by spending their second round pick on 6-foot-5, 262 pound TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Tampa looks to be creating their own carbon copy of the Chicago Bears‘ offense, which makes sense now that McCown is the front-runner for the starting QB position and Tampa’s new head coach is Lovie Smith — you know, the old Chicago head coach. Last season, McCown found great success throwing to 6-foot-4 Brandon Marshall, 6-foot-4 Alshon Jeffrey and 6-foot-5 Martellus Bennett. Tampa seems to like the thought of having Evans and Seferian-Jenkins in an offense with 6-foot-5 Vincent Jackson.
Seferian-Jenkins is a huge target at the tight end position, and will likely battle TEs Luke Stocker and Timothy Wright for the No. 1 tight end gig in the Tampa offense this season. Odds are, he will win that battle with ease. While Wright offers a bit more athleticism than Seferian-Jenkins, he does not possess the size and all around ability to be a dynamic threat that Seferian-Jenkins does. However, both players will complement each other well and will add a nice spice to the offense in Tampa.
Seferian-Jenkins has a huge catch radius due to his size, but may need to get into better shape to become a more dynamic option as a tight end working in the seam. That being said, Seferian-Jenkins is a complete tight end and can work as the in-line man, with Wright working as the seam threat.
Seferian-Jenkins should make an immediate impact as the Tampa No. 1 tight end during his rookie season and should be in line for a decent year as a rookie. I can definitely see the young tight end prospect netting 40-50 receptions for 400-600 yards and five to eight touchdowns this season.