Young, talented players often are unpredictable, and second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been consistently inconsistent since arriving in Tampa.
That was on display big time Sunday in New Orleans.
On the Bucs opening drive, it was 3rd-and-5 with the Bucs on their 9 yard line with the SuperDome crowd at maximum volume. Seferian-Jenkins ran a sharp route. Jameis Winston, America s Quarterback, looked right at him and threw.
Seferian-Jenkins used every inch of his massive frame to haul in the first-down catch over the middle in between two defenders 21 yard gain.
But on the next drive, Seferian-Jenkins was called for a key hold on a third-down screen pass.
Two drives later, Seferian made a key block on a Charles Sims first-down run. And three plays later, on 1st-and-10 from the Saints 44 yard line, the Bucs went play-action, the Saints bit perfectly, and wide open Seferian-Jenkins dropped an easy pass from Jameis on the 12 yard line. No excuse whatsoever.
On the very next snap, Seferian-Jenkins got flagged for a silly holding call, one that appeared to be out of frustration more than anything else.
Later in the third quarter, Jameis threw a little high to Seferian-Jenkins open in the end zone.
Joe watched the replay a bunch of times, and it appears the tight end might have jumped a little early. The touch pass hit his hands but he couldn t squeeze it.
Seferian-Jenkins finished the day with two catches for 29 yards. Official records have him for three targets, but the stat geeks don t count the dropped bomb because the Bucs accepted a holding penalty away from the ball on that play.
Last week, tight ends coach Jon Embree praised Seferian-Jenkins for playing a mental-error-free game against Tennessee.
That love won t come into play this week.
All part of the growing pains of a young player, Joe believes.
If Seferian-Jenkins can stay healthy and confident, things he s struggled with previously, he should be just fine.