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Is this the year of the tight end in the NFL?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) hauls in a five yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jameis Winston (3) in the second quarter of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday afternoon (09/13/15). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) hauls in a five yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jameis Winston (3) in the second quarter of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday afternoon (09/13/15). DIRK SHADD | Times
Published Sep. 18, 2015

NFL tight ends combined to score 22 touchdowns in Week 1, the most in any week since at least the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. What's more, the league's tight ends accounted for more touchdowns than all the receivers, who totaled 21.

The Bucs did their part to help with this, with Austin Seferian-Jenkins catching two touchdowns in Sunday's loss — as many as he totaled in his entire rookie season.

Without getting carried away, it's reasonable to think Seferian-Jenkins has a shot at the Bucs' franchise record for touchdowns by a tight end — Jimmie Giles has that mark with eight in 1985, breaking the previous record he set with seven in 1979.

The Bucs' other tight end records are likely out of reach — Kellen Winslow Jr. had 77 catches and 884 yards in 2009.

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