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  Buccaneers | GM has high expectations    Fri Jul 25, 02:37 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said he expects the team to compete for the NFC South title in 2014. 'It's crazy,' Licht said. 'We'll look back at what we've added and ... I'm legitimately excited and feel like we have a chance to compete for the division title. I really do. You would think, with a first-year head coach and a first-year general manager ... we would both have a pass if we wanted to say, you know, I think we need some more time to turn this thing around. But that's not what we think. We think we can make a run at this thing this year. We feel we've got some major pieces in place to do that.'

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  Buccaneers | Da'Quan Bowers called out by GM    Fri Jul 25, 02:34 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers has been rumored for some time to be on the bubble, and general manager Jason Licht said Bowers' job is on the line this training camp. 'I (don't) mean to sound too harsh, but it's a matter of fact that he needs to prove that he wants to make an impact with this football team and I expect that he will,' Licht said.

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  Buccaneers | Akeem Spence working hard    Fri Jul 25, 02:28 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Akeem Spence proved to be one of the team's better players through their offseason workout program. Spence could hold off competition from DT Clinton McDonald with a strong training camp. General manager Jason Licht praised Spence's work ethic. 'He just hasn't let up on the gas. It was fun watching that competition between him and Clinton during our OTAs and our mincamps, and I expect it to continue in training camp.'

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks to be brought along slowly    Fri Jul 25, 02:21 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) will be slowly worked back into the mix, according to general manager Jason Licht. Nicks missed all but nine games over the past two seasons.

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  Buccaneers | Ron Talley placed on NFI    Thu Jul 24, 06:29 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Ron Talley (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 24.


  Buccaneers | Acquire Brandon Magee from waivers    Thu Jul 24, 04:15 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed free-agent LB Brandon Magee (Browns) off waivers.

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  Buccaneers | Mark Barron ready to take the field    Thu Jul 24, 12:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

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  Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson ready to take the field    Thu Jul 24, 12:13 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks excused from practice    Thu Jul 24, 12:12 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) was excused from practice Thursday, July 24, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith is not sure when Nicks will return to the team.

Footballguys view: Nicks recent history with the Bucs has been a horror story, but it sounds like this is an excused absence and Nicks still needs to pass a physical. It could be a slow return to form this summer, but if Nicks can be on the field for the Bucs week 1, he'll be a big improvement to the run blocking, which came on at times after Doug Martin went out last year.

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  Buccaneers | More on Carl Nicks     Wed Jul 23, 05:52 PM

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice, but will need to pass a physical Thursday, July 23. Nicks also needs to work on his conditioning, according to general manager Jason Licht.

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  Buccaneers | Three to compete for No. 3 wide receiver job    Wed Jul 23, 05:52 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron, WR Louis Murphy and WR Chris Owusu will all compete for the No. 3 WR job, according to general manager Jason Licht.

Footballguys view: Murphy has the experience edge here, but we can't wait to see rookie Robert Herron. The speedy prospect from Wyoming has multiple moves to get free at the line of scrimmage. Once into his route, Herron can make cuts at speed without losing momentum. He's a dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands.

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  Buccaneers | Continuing contract talks with Gerald McCoy    Wed Jul 23, 05:34 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is continuing to talk contract extension with the team, but there is no timetable to get a deal done.

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  Buccaneers | Few players may be on bubble    Wed Jul 23, 02:31 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey, G Carl Nicks and DE Da'Quan Bowers may be fighting for roster spots once training camp begins due to other competition for their jobs. TE Luke Stocker and S Kelcie McCray were also mentioned.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. All of the players listed have question marks surrounding their game--either durability or upside/natural ability. We'll see if a guy like Rainey can stick around as a reserve runner with the Bucs.

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  Buccaneers | Mark Barron healthy, ready for camp    Tue Jul 22, 10:37 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is healthy and ready for training camp to open.

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  Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson expected to report to camp    Tue Jul 22, 10:34 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is expected to participate in training camp, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks cleared to play    Tue Jul 22, 10:30 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice.

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  Buccaneers | Release D.J. Moore    Tue Jul 22, 06:17 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released CB D.J. Moore.

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  Buccaneers | Sign two    Tue Jul 22, 06:17 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agents LB Jeremy Grable (Valdosa St.) and OT J.B. Shugarts (Lions).

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  Buccaneers | Da'Quan Bowers involved in off-field incident    Mon Jul 21, 10:38 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers was involved in an incident that led to the arrest of another individual Saturday, July 19.

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks still a question mark    Thu Jul 17, 10:43 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) had yet to start running or cutting as of June minicamps. He said he expects to be ready for the start of training camping, but he admitted that there is permanent damage to his foot and he'll have to play through pain the rest of his career.

Footballguys view: The Bucs want Nicks ready for the start of the regular season, so they'll be cautious with him in training camp. Having Nicks available is a huge boost for their ground game and pass protection. We'll know more about where he's at physically as the team goes through August.

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  Buccaneers | Competition for Adrian Clayborn    Tue Jul 15, 11:58 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn will need a solid showing in camp to hold on to his starting job, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. DE William Gholston, DE Da'Quan Bowers and DE Steven Means are other candidates for the job.

Footballguys view: Gholston and Bowers could make things interesting, but Clayborn has more upside even though he's been a disappointment during his career. He's not a great fit for Lovie Smith's defense, but the Bucs really don't have much of a choice.

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  Buccaneers | Dane Fletcher could push for starting job    Mon Jul 14, 05:12 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Dane Fletcher could push for the starting middle linebacker job if LB Mason Foster is not able to handle his increased duties as a pass defender.

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  Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins expects to be ready for camp    Thu Jul 10, 01:45 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) said he expects to be ready for training camp. 'I feel really good. My foot feels really good,' Seferian-Jenkins said Wednesday from Arizona, where he's been training. 'I've been running route, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable and confident that I'll be ready to go when it comes to training camp.'

Footballguys view: While he won't have more than a very low end TE2 value to start the season, Sefarian-Jenkins is an interesting dynasty prospect. With defenses focused on Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, he could find a lot of room underneath when he gets healthy and comfortable in the offense.

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  Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins wants to impress teammates    Tue Jul 8, 02:45 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins wants to show his commitment to his teammates in training camp. "I want to prove to the veterans that I care. I want to prove to the veterans that I know that they're older guys and they've figured it out, and I'm not going to be some rookie that's going to come around, messing around, and doing all this other stuff."

Footballguys view: Seferian-Jenkins had a DWI two years ago, so it is refreshing to hear that he wants to prove his maturity and dedication. He has the size and good hands to be a top red zone target, but the Bucs also have two giant wide receivers, so he will have to earn his role if he's going to matter in fantasy leagues this year.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans wants to create relationship with QB    Tue Jul 8, 02:44 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said he wants to come into training camp and develop a good relationship with QB Josh McCown and prove that he deserves to be a starter in the NFL. "In training camp I want to prove that I deserve to be a starter on the team and I want to create a great relationship with Josh [McCown]," Evans said.

Footballguys view: Evans will be a starter whether he proves that or not, because he is really the only other starting quality receiver on the roster beyond Vincent Jackson. It is good to hear Evans express something like this, because some draft reports about him included hints at diva qualities, which are not exactly rare among NFL wide receivers.

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  Buccaneers | Mark Barron drafted to stop Jimmy Graham    Tue Jul 8, 12:14 PM

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers special assistant to the head coach Butch Davis said the team drafted SS Mark Barron to stop New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham. "We took [safety] Mark Barron in the first round simply because of Jimmy Graham," Davis said of the team's decision with the eighth overall pick that year.

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  Buccaneers | Wide receiver corps slowly taking shape    Mon Jul 7, 10:06 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson and WR Mike Evans are expected to open the year as the starters, and WR Robert Herron, WR Chris Owusu and WR Louis Murphy are the frontrunners for the remaining spots, according to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com. Smith also tabbed WR David Gettis as a player that could surprise and make the 53-man roster.

Footballguys view: The Bucs addressed the massive hole at their #2 WR spot after trading away Mike Williams, but they are still very thin at the position after that. The tight end should play a nice-sized role in the passing game, which means that Brandon Myers or rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be good waiver pickups early in the season if they pan out.

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Mike Evans player page


  Buccaneers | Akeem Spence facing charges    Mon Jul 7, 05:17 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Akeem Spence faces misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana stemming from an arrest in January.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans getting into shape    Thu Jul 3, 10:21 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is working out with Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall in Miami and said he has no lingering issues from a hamstring injury. He also said he needs to drop 7 to 10 pounds. 'Physically, I'm not in tip-top shape. I'm getting back into my game shape,' said Evans. 'As far as injury-wise, I feel good. I've been running, and I feel 100 percent. I've got to lose more weight. I'm too heavy right now. But the workouts I've been doing, I'll be fine. I'll be ready.'

Footballguys view: Evans wasn't feeling so hot after rookie minicamp, and many rookies are out of shape after spending so much time doing draft things and not football things. We can't think of a better guy than Brandon Marshall to teach Evans to translate the skills he has to the NFL. Evans is currently a WR4 or WR5 but he has upside depending on how he transitions and what happens at quarterback for the Bucs.

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  Buccaneers | Teammate compares Josh McCown to Drew Brees    Mon Jun 30, 04:52 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jonathan Casillas said QB Josh McCown reminds him of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who Casillas played with when he was with the Saints from 2009 to 2012. 'It's a strong comparison, but he reminds me of Drew (Brees), not just the way he throws the ball, but his approach to the game. The first one in, the last one out, he's always around. He's very communicable, very personable. And you can tell he's a born leader,' Casillas said.

Footballguys view: Slow your role here Casillas. We like McCown but we're not going overboard with a comparison to one of the league's best in Brees. McCown is a savvy veteran who should help the Bucs get back to respectability in 2014, but he's nowhere near the passer that Brees is.

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  Buccaneers | Robert Herron flashes athletic ability    Sat Jun 28, 04:34 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron has made several standout plays in OTAs and minicamp practices. He displayed good body control and concentration on several leaping catches. He has worked with wide receiver coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker on releasing from the line of scrimmage and could make an impact in the future.

Footballguys view: Herron is incredibly fast, and his game has drawn some Marvin Harrison comparisons. Like Harrison, Herron is ultra quick and has multiple moves to get off the line of scrimmage. He needs to work on his route running and consistency in order to play up to his potential. Herron could eventually be a fine slot receiver behind Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Owusu impressing    Sat Jun 28, 04:31 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Owusu has impressed in organized team activities and minicamp practices. He earned the praise from head coach Lovie Smith multiple times.

Footballguys view: Owusu is competing with Louis Murphy and rookie Robert Herron to be the team's starting slot receiver this year. We're interested by Jeff Tedford's offense, but there's not much fantasy value for any wide receiver in Tampa outside of Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans.

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  Buccaneers | Louis Murphy stood out    Sat Jun 28, 04:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Louis Murphy performed at a high level during organized team activities and minicamp practices. He spent a lot of time with the first-team offense with WRs Vincent Jackson (hamstring) and WR Mike Evans (hamstring) missing time with injuries.

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  Buccaneers | Josh McCown gets praise    Thu Jun 26, 04:42 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown was praised for his leadership skills by Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald and McCown were teammates in 2003-04.

Footballguys view: That's all well and good but we're still not sold that his success in 2013 was anything more than Marc Trestman-related magic. He's barely worth rostering in redraft leagues and is no more than a bye week/QB3 option.

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  Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner talks takeaways    Mon Jun 23, 06:16 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner expects to be a good fit in head coach Lovie Smith's Cover 2 defense, especially pertaining to generating turnovers. Creating takeaways is a priority in Verner's game. 'I'm disappointed in any game where I don't find a way to hit the football,' Verner said.

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  Buccaneers | Lovie Smith optimistic    Sun Jun 22, 11:14 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith is optimistic about his team after the offseason program wrapped up this week. 'We like the team'" Smith said. "We like the way they come to work every day ... When I talk about the guys, this smile is real. It's believing in the guys. When you come to work, and say, 'do this,' and they're anxious to do it, how can you not be pumped up?'

Footballguys view: We're optimistic about Smith this year too. The Bucs could win eight games this year in a bounce-back season. Having a steady offense and a talented defense will help the Bucs be competitive quicker than some think.

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  Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner praises defense    Sat Jun 21, 10:48 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner said he believes the team could have a top-5 defense in 2014.

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  Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins may be behind    Fri Jun 20, 04:23 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins may not receive much playing time in the short term, although he's likely to be the team's long-term answer at the position. He will not take part in the team's offseason program, which could put him behind in the competition, and TEs Brandon Myers, Timothy Wright and Luke Stocker all have more experience.

Footballguys view: We love Seferian-Jenkins because of his size/speed combination. We'll see if he can continue creating mismatches as a move tight end now that he's in the pros. Don't go crazy for him in your drafts, but watch his progress in camp and the early portion of the season.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Owusu, Louis Murphy battling for No. 3 job    Fri Jun 20, 04:22 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs Chris Owusu and Louis Murphy have looked good in the team's offseason workouts as they battle for the No. 3 wide receiver job. The team also has high hopes for WR Robert Herron.

Footballguys view: Herron may be the player to watch here. His near 4.2 speed will come in handy before and after the catch. Herron also has multiple moves to get off the line of scrimmage. This means jamming him at the snap is difficult. We'll see a conservative offense for the most part from Tampa, but watch Herron in dynasty leagues.

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  Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner set as starter    Fri Jun 20, 04:16 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner is set as one of the starting cornerbacks. The other spot figures to be a heated battle between CBs Johnthan Banks and Mike Jenkins.

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  Buccaneers | Want to use rotation at RB    Fri Jun 20, 04:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Bobby Rainey, Mike James, Charles Sims and Jeff Demps will be vying for carries behind RB Doug Martin in training camp. Martin is the team's starting running back, but the team wants to use a rotation in the backfield.

Footballguys view: Do they or don't they? We've heard the team will use a RBBC, then we've heard that Doug Martin is the man. We'll see how this shakes out in training camp. Martin will be splitting a bit of time with rookie Charles Sims. Martin's current ADP is RB12 (2.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Buccaneers | David Gettis financials    Fri Jun 20, 02:20 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR David Gettis' one-year deal is worth $570,000 with no signing bonus and an injury waiver.

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  Buccaneers | David Gettis signs    Wed Jun 18, 08:25 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agent WR David Gettis (Redskins) to an undisclosed deal after impressing them in minicamp last week.

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  Buccaneers | Make roster moves    Tue Jun 17, 04:41 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived LB Steven Jenkins and OT Emmett Cleary Tuesday, June 17.

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  Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins contract details    Mon Jun 16, 04:56 PM

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-round selection TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins' four-year contract is worth $5.254 million, including $3.22 million guaranteed, with a $2.141 million signing bonus, according to a source.

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  Buccaneers | Patrick Omameh could be in line for starting job    Fri Jun 13, 11:41 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Patrick Omameh appears to be the leading candidate for the starting right guard job at this point.

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  Buccaneers | Ron Talley signed    Fri Jun 13, 08:17 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free-agent DE Ron Talley (Cardinals). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | Timothy Wright could have big role    Fri Jun 13, 01:42 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Timothy Wright could have a big role in the offense despite the offseason additions of TEs Brandon Myers and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said that he has 'big plans' for Wright this year.

Footballguys view: We'd be interested to see how that works out. Seferian-Jenkins is the much better target because of his size and athletic ability. The team also added Mike Evans in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. We can't see them going hog wild through the air, so it's best to look for a sleeper TE elsewhere.

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  Buccaneers | Two cut, one tries out    Fri Jun 13, 10:44 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived DT Everett Dawkins and WR Aaron Burks. Free-agent DE Ron Talley (Cardinals) will try out Friday, June 13.

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  Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins signed    Thu Jun 12, 08:36 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed second-round draft choice TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Terms of the contract were not disclosed but all draft picks sign four-year deals, according to NFL rules.

Footballguys view: We love this pick for the Buccaneers. Seferian-Jenkins is a physical move tight end with enough athleticism to create mismatches any time he's on the field. He's a big target (to go along with big targets Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans) who can be a factor in the red zone.

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