Seferian-Jenkins hoping to make return vs. Giants
Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has missed the last five games with a shoulder injury, and as the team prepares for Sunday's home game against the Giants, he continues to work toward making a healthy return.
"You have to make sure you're 100 percent. You've got to go back out there feeling you can do what you did when you left," he said. "I don't want to go out there and not give my teammates what they deserve out of me when I'm out there. They deserve that, the coaches deserve that and the fans deserve that."
Seferian-Jenkins has missed 12 of 23 games in his short Bucs career, having been limited by foot and back injuries to just nine games as a rookie last year. He said it's been difficult not being able to play, especially with the Bucs dealing with injuries at receiver, but he has been patient in doing what team trainers have asked him to do.
"It's been really hard. I want to be out there," he said. "They've been doing a great job -- the offensive line has been doing a great job, the quarterback's been doing a great job, the tight ends have been doing a great job. Everyone's been pulling their weight. That's why we've got a couple W's here and hats off to those guys."
Seferian-Jenkins said he's approached every week as if he's returning and has that same optimism this week, though he's unsure whether he'll be able to play Sunday. The Giants defense has allowed an NFL-high 684 yards to opposing tight ends, as well as five touchdowns.
"I want to get back out there, regardless if those guys are down or up," he said. "I want to be playing football. This is what I do. This is what I love. Not to be out there really (stinks)."