Jameis Winston: Seferian-Jenkins will be 'amazing' with Jets
It was an abrupt departure for Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins last week, arrested Friday morning on a charge of driving under the influence and waived by the Bucs hours later, but his Tampa Bay teammates said Wednesday they expect him to bounce back with the Jets.
"I know Austin's going to grow up and Austin's going to do an amazing job in New York," quarterback Jameis Winston said Wednesday. "He is an outstanding player, and I'm excited for his future. You fall down, you bounce back. That's just life."
Seferian-Jenkins was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Monday and could play for New York this weekend. If convicted on his DUI charge, he'll face a suspension of at least two games, but that would likely come after the end of this NFL season. Winston said he was "hurt" by Friday's news because of the amount of time he'd spent with Seferian-Jenkins in their time as teammates.
Fellow tight end Cameron Brate, who had two touchdowns Sunday in the Bucs' first game without Seferian-Jenkins, said he'll miss him as a teammate and friend but also believes he'll bounce back with the Jets. His departure creates a larger opportunity for Brate and fellow tight ends Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker and rookie Alan Cross.
"Definitely, not just for me but for all of us in the room," Brate said. "Someone's going to have to be there for those passes, whether that's me, Brandon, Alan, Luke when he comes back (from ankle injury), you have to be ready to fill that void. Obviously, just losing any teammate is going to be tough. Personally for me, Austin was one of my first friends when I came down here, so I'm going to miss him as a player for sure and also as a friend. We're all rooting for him in New York and excited to see what he can do up there."