Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said he’s in no way satisfied with his performance in the preseason opener last Friday in Jacksonville, even if it was his first time suiting up in the NFL.
“What I know about football and what I know about my ability, if I don’t reach a certain standard I don’t think it’s good enough, and I haven’t met that standard,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I didn’t play well enough in the game. So, yeah, I do grade myself tough and I’ll be my biggest critic because I think that’s the best way to get better.”
He said technique is something he continues to work on with tight ends coach Jon Embree.”When you do the things in practice, you kind of get away with it and then it comes to a game and there’s a flag or you didn’t get open quick enough. Little things – the linebacker jumps the route and tips the ball just a bit because you didn’t get outside on your right landmark. It’s just the real small stuff and that’s the biggest thing, it was the technique.”
He admitted that it was difficult to focus on those details with the adrenaline of a game.
“In the first preseason game I was so worried about doing my assignment and making sure I won my rep, that I forgot about the small techniques that would help me win my rep and help me dominate that rep and not get a holding call or not get open enough. It’s tough to know your technique or remember your technique when you’re in the heat of the battle but that’s why we come out here and practice.”