Austin Seferian-Jenkins picking things up quickly


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed a lot of their 2014 eggs in the rookie pass-catcher basket.

At the start of training camp, coach Lovie Smith said first-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was "behind a lot" -- thanks in large part to having to wait until after the University of Washington's late graduation to jump into offseason work.

However, it's clear the 6-foot-6, 252-pound target is catching up rapidly.

On Wednesday, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah reported that the team is "pumped" about the tight end's play. According to Jeremiah, ASJ has made a lot of plays in practice and "picked things up quickly."

As part of the Bucs' NBA-sized receiving corps, Seferian-Jenkins provides quarterback Josh McCown with a big target over the middle (similar to what the signal-caller had with Martellus Bennett in Chicago). We also expect the rookie tight end to be a productive target in the red zone, where he can utilize his size and leaping ability.

ASJ wasn't the only rookie Jeremiah raved about at Bucs camp.

It appears that, early in camp, the Bucs' plan to lean on rookie pass-catchers is looking good so far.

The latest Around The League Podcast talks about the good and bad out of Cowboys camp, then plays the "What's More Likely?" game.