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Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins dismissed from Bucs’ practice

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For his next pass pattern, Tampa Bay Bucs‘ tight end Austin Saferian-Jenkins will run a “Go route.”

As in, go. Depart. Leave.

Jenkins, the oft-injured receiver of the Bucs, was dismissed from practice by head coach Dirk Koetter Thursday for “not knowing what he was doing.” In what was supposed to be a bounce-back year for Saferian-Jenkins, it was a bad way to start.

Koetter admitted he had sent Seferian-Jenkins off the field, but said, “you guys are making too much of this.”

Jenkins played in only nine games as a rookie and only seven last year. He caught 42 passes for 559 yards and six touchdowns.

It is interesting to note that draft picks and free agents weren’t dismissed. Seferian-Jenkins has certainly had enough time to know what’s going on. Now, presumably, he must catch up on the fly.

“It’s everything to me,” Seferian-Jenkins told the Tampa Bay Times of football recently. “This is my life,” said Seferian-Jenkins, 23. “I love football so much. I’ve played this game since I was in second grade, and there’s nothing more important to me than playing football. Fighting back and pushing through some serious injuries to be out there was all I cared about.”

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