After demotion, Seferian-Jenkins working to make plays for Bucs
The same day the Bucs released their first depth chart of preseason, confirming that Austin Seferian-Jenkins had fallen to second-string at tight end, the third-year pro had one of the bigger moments of Saturday's practice with back-to-back catches in two-minute-drill work.
Seferian-Jenkins caught a high pass down the middle from backup quarterback Mike Glennon, then at the goal line, broke away from safety Major Wright and made a leaping catch for a touchdown.
"It was great to see Austin with back-to-back big plays in that period," said coach Dirk Koetter, who earlier in the week had stressed that Seferian-Jenkins had to play better to keep up with new starter Cameron Brate.
Brate continues to make plays as well, but Seferian-Jenkins said he was happy to step up when the goal-line call came his way.
"When I get an opportunity to make a play, I want to make a play," he said. "When Mike trusts me and throws a ball up there and I go get it, it feels good to come down with it."
Seferian-Jenkins got up from the catch and celebrated in mid-air with receiver Donteea Dye -- the second week of training camp has more game situations like two-minute and red-zone drills, where success can be easy to celebrate.
"You've got to celebrate that -- you've got to enjoy everyone being on the same page and doing the right things," Seferian-Jenkins said. "Regardless of the situation, success breeds success and positive energy brings positive energy. I just want to bring positive energy."