Thursday, August 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Bucs TE Seferian-Jenkins picked up by Jets

TAMPA — TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, waived by the Bucs on Friday after his arrest on a DUI charge, was claimed by the Jets on Monday.

Seferian-Jenkins, a former second-round draft pick who caught a 30-yard touchdown in the Bucs' season opener, didn't have to wait long for a second chance after he was pulled over at 3:42 a.m. Friday. He faces the misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, as well as a misdemeanor charge relating to court provision requiring him to have an Interlock Ignition Device on any car he drives as a result of a 2013 DUI arrest in Washington.

The Jets' move could make for an interesting storyline next year if he's still on their roster, as New York is scheduled to play the Bucs in Tampa.

Seferian-Jenkins, 23, saw his first two seasons with the Bucs limited by multiple injuries, and he finished his Bucs career with 45 catches for 603 yards and seven touchdowns. If he is convicted of the DUI, he would face a suspension of at least two games under the NFL's substance abuse policy, with the commissioner allowed to extend any suspension because of his prior guilty plea from the 2013 DUI charge.

STICKING WITH AGUAYO: Bucs PK Roberto Aguayo got a vote of confidence Monday from coach Dirk Koetter, who said the second-round pick from Florida State was able to pull himself out of a slump in the preseason.

Aguayo missed an extra point and a 41-yard field goal in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.

"Well we've seen it before, where Roberto struggled and was able to bounce back," Koetter said. "It's unfortunate, that was one of the things — when we missed that first extra point, now you're playing that two-point game and we didn't do very well on our two-point (conversion) plays either when that reared its head in the fourth quarter. You want to be confident —extra points are tougher now that they're at the 15, but really even on those field goals inside of 50 yards, in the NFL you're expecting those guys to make them if it's not unusual weather. That's a part of it, again, we have to figure that out."

ONE THAT GOT AWAY: T Demar Dotson said it hurt when QB Jameis Winston was tackled at the Rams' 5-yard line to end the game Sunday. He said the team deserved a better fate.

"When it was over with and Jameis got hit, it was just like we let one get away," Dotson said. "A game we should've won and a game I thought we were going to win. I think we fought hard. The guys up front we fought our behinds off. I came out of that game feeling like I'd been in a dog fight. And not to win it, that hurts because I think we played too hard and put too much into it."

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