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Koetter: Bucs TE Seferian-Jenkins 'needed to play a long time'



On a night in which most Bucs starters had the night off and regulars were done early, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who had been working with the first team lately, played throughout the game, catching two passes in the fourth quarter of a preseason finale normally reserved for reserves.

"Austin needed to play," coach Dirk Koetter said after the game. "He needed to get out there and play a long time. ... We wanted him to play. We held some guys out and Kivon (Cartwright) got banged up."

Seferian-Jenkins had seven passes thrown his way and caught two for 22 yards, taking a shot to the ribs and had him getting up slowly late in the game, though he continued to play. Tight ends Cameron Brate and Luke Stocker got the night off, and the other tight ends had a total of four passes thrown their way.

"The coaches told everyone who was suiting up to be prepared to play the full game, so I was definitely ready to play the full game," he said. "I was more than willing and able to play a full game, so I did."

At one point, Seferian-Jenkins came off the field yelling at the sidelines and took his helmet off, with receiver Russell Shepard needing to push him off to the side.

"Sometimes I get emotional," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I let my emotions get the best of me. I love my coaches. Coaches love me. We definitely talked and it was what it was. We came right over and talked again and it was good. ... Coach is cool, no issue."

Koetter, asked about Seferian-Jenkins getting emotional in that moment, said: "He did. We've got to remember, players play and coaches coach."

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:52pm]


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