TAMPA — Austin Seferian-Jenkins, better known for injuries and missteps in his first two seasons with the Bucs, has expressed hope to become a more reliable, consistent player this season.
Those efforts took a step back Thursday when the tight end frustrated Dirk Koetter enough in the team's final OTA practice that the coach sent the third-year player off the field and into the locker room early.
Koetter said Seferian-Jenkins "didn't know what he was doing" on the previous play in practice. He declined to elaborate.
"I did send him off," Koetter said after practice. "That's between me and him. … You guys are making more of it than you need to."
Seferian-Jenkins walked off the field and into One Buc Place with Duke Preston, the team's director of player development, and walked much of the way with him. Minutes later, while the team was still practicing, Seferian-Jenkins posted a message on Twitter that he later deleted: "MOVING ON!!!!"
"Can't let negative stuff get to u," he posted on Twitter minutes later, as if to clarify. "Let it happen and move on!"
Koetter was asked about the Twitter posts. He said he was unaware of them because he had been busy directing practice.
"You've got to talk to him about that. You're talking to the wrong guy," Koetter said. "I've been in practice for the last two hours."
Seferian-Jenkins has been limited to 16 games in his two seasons because of injuries. He has a combined 42 catches for 559 yards and six touchdowns. He tried to downplay the incident on Twitter hours after practice had ended.
"Guys … chill," he wrote. "It gets heated it's football we all brothers out here. (stuff) happens."
Thursday was the 10th and final day of OTA practices. The Bucs will hold a three-day mandatory minicamp next week before getting about six weeks off before the start of training camp in late July.
"I saw a lot of positive things," Koetter said. "We got some great work, got some two-minute work. Our defense did an awesome job of shutting down the offense. … (Rookie kicker) Roberto Aguayo was out of sight kicking field goals. Defense finished strong with their third-down defense right at the end. So a lot of good stuff."
NOTES: There appear to have been no significant injuries from OTAs, but among those held out of Thursday's drills were center Joe Hawley, receiver Vincent Jackson, cornerback Brent Grimes, linebacker Cassanova McKinzy and running back Russell Hansbrough. The Bucs have been without guard J.R. Sweezy (undisclosed), receiver Louis Murphy (knee) and defensive end Jacquies Smith (shoulder) through all of their offseason practices. … Receivers Adam Humphries, Donteea Dye and Bernard Reedy were deep on punt returns. That job is considered wide open entering training camp.