Buccaneers Release TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins After DUI Arrest

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

The Buccaneers have parted ways with third-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins following his early morning Friday arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and a driver’s license violation, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Marc Sessler of NFL.com.

Seferian-Jenkins later tweeted about his departure: “Thank you TB! Next chapter.”

“By the time we found out (about the arrest), we were into meetings this morning and we’ve been on the practice field,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Friday, per the team’s official team website. “(General manager) Jason (Licht) and I will be getting together this afternoon and whatever is going to happen will be forthcoming.”

Rams at Buccaneers NFL Week Three Capsule

LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-1) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  RAMS BUCCANEERS
SERIES LEADER 13-8  
STREAKS Past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Jeff Fisher: 8-1 Dirk Koetter: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 9-3 vs. Seattle L 40-7 at Arizona
LAST GAME 12/17/15: Buccaneers 23 at Rams 31. Rams QB Case Keenum passes for 234 yards & 2 TDs. Rams WR Tavon Austin has TD catch & TD run.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Rams 19, Buccaneers 17. Rams RB Zac Stacy rushes for 71 yards & TD. Rams K Greg Zeurlein converts GW 38-yard FG with 38 seconds remaining.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST FOX (4:05 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Krista Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (LA), 84 (TB). XM: 385 (LA), 227 (TB).

STATS

PASSING Case Keenum: 35-65-369-0-2-57.8 Jameis Winston: 50-84-524-5 (T2L)-5-72.7
RUSHING Todd Gurley: 36-98-2.7-0 Doug Martin: 25-85-3.4-0
RECEIVING Kenny Britt: 10-161-16.1-0 Mike Evans: 11-169-15.4-2
OFFENSE 234.0 338.5
TAKE/GIVE 0 -6
DEFENSE 313.0 395.0
SACKS William Hayes, Robert Quinn: 1 4 tied: 1
INTs
PUNTING Johnny Hekker: 41.8 Bryan Anger: 48.1
KICKING Greg Zeurlein: 9 (0/0 PAT; 3/3 FG) Roberto Aguayo (R): 8 (5/5 PAT; 1/2 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 363 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of past 5…RB DOUG MARTIN aims for 4th in row at home with rush TD. Averaging 100.1 scrimmage yards (84.4 rush, 15.7 rec.) per game in past 10. RB CHARLES SIMS averaging 89.3 scrimmage yards per game in past 3 at home…WR MIKE EVANS had 6 receptions for 70 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 9 receptions for 157 yards in last meeting. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had 6 receptions for career-high 67 yards in Week 2. Since entering league in 2005, WR VINCENT JACKSON ranks 5th in NFL with 16.9 rec. avg. TE AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS had TD catch in last meeting…DE ROBERT AYERS has 8.5 sacks in past 7. DT CLINTON MC DONALD aims for 3rd in row vs. Rams with sack. Rookie DE NOAH SPENCE had 1st career sack last week. LB KWON ALEXANDER ties for league lead with 24 tackles. Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only NFL player with 400+ tackles (445), 10+ sacks (11) & 5+ INTs (8). CB BRENT GRIMES had 3 PD in only meeting (11/21/10 with Atl)…RAMS: QB CASE KEENUM completed 14 of 17 passes (82.4 pct.) for 234 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.0 rating, the highest attainable mark, in last meeting. Has won 6 of past 9 starts…RB TODD GURLEY rushed for TD in only career meeting…WR TAVON AUSTIN had rush & rec. TD in last meeting…DEFENSE held Seattle to 3 points & 67 net rushing yards in Week 2…DE WILLIAMS HAYES had sack last week. Has 4 sacks in past 4. DE ROBERT QUINN had sack & FF in Week 2. Had 3 sacks in 12/22/13 meeting. LB ALEC OGLETREE had 9 tackles & FF last week. Had 2 FF in 12/22/13 meeting. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON had 9 tackles & INT in last meeting. CB COTY SENSABAUGH had 26-yard INT-TD in only career meeting (9/13/15 with Ten).

Buccaneers Routed by Cardinals 40-7 in Arizona

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The Arizona Cardinals looked like the team they are supposed to be, often at the expense of Jameis Winston.

Carson Palmer threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cardinals intercepted Winston four times in a 40-7 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Marcus Cooper, acquired for a conditional draft pick in a trade with Kansas City on Sept. 2, had two interceptions, returning the second 60 yards for a score. Winston also fumbled the ball away once.

“It is a humbling league,” Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said. “We got humbled today.”

Winston, who had four touchdown passes against Atlanta in the opener and was NFC player of the week, threw 51 passes, the most in his two NFL seasons, completing 27 for 243 yards.

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Buccaneers Start 2016 with Big Road Win in Atlanta; Top Falcons 31-24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons

Dirk Koetter got a game ball after his debut as an NFL head coach.

Jameis Winston made it all possible.

The second-year quarterback bounced back from an early interception to throw four touchdowns passes, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-24 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons in a season-opening matchup between NFC South rivals.

“Good guys win,” quipped Koetter , still dripping with Gatorade after a victory splashing. “Let’s do it 15 more times this year.”

That might be far-fetched, but at least the Bucs can boast of a winning record for the first time since the 2012 season, when they started 6-4.

Winston presented his new coach with the game ball.

“It was very important that we made him feel the moment was special, not only for him but for us,” the quarterback said.

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Buccaneers vs Falcons NFL Week One Capsule

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  BUCCANEERS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 23-22  
STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Dirk Koetter: 0-0 Dan Quinn: 0-2
LAST GAME 12/06/15: Falcons 19 at Buccaneers 23. Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston passes for 227 yards with TD & adds rush TD. Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushes for 95 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/01/15: Buccaneers 23, Falcons 20 (OT). Tampa Bay K Connor Barth kicks GW 31-yard FG in OT. Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has pass TD & rush TD.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, David Diehl, Holly Sonders (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (TB), 84 (Atl). XM: 387 (TB), 227 (Atl).

2015 STATS

PASSING Jameis Winston: 312-535-4042-22-15-84.2 Matt Ryan: 407-614-4591-21-16-89.0
RUSHING Doug Martin: 288-1402 (2L)-4.9-6 Devonta Freeman: 264-1061-4.0-11 (T1L)
RECEIVING Mike Evans: 74-1206-16.3-3 Julio Jones: 136 (T1L)-1871 (1L)-13.8-8
OFFENSE 375.9 374.1
TAKE/GIVE -5 -8
DEFENSE 340.4 347.6
SACKS Robert Ayers (NYG): 9.5 Dwight Freeney (Az.): 8
INTs Brent Grimes (Mia.): 4 Ricardo Allen: 3
PUNTING Bryan Anger (Jax.): 46.3 Matt Bosher: 47.2
KICKING Roberto Aguayo (R) (Pre.): 31 (7/8 PAT; 8/10 FG) Matt Bryant: 68 (26/26 PAT; 14/18 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: DIRK KOETTER makes debut as TB head coach…QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 4,042 yards in 2015 & was 3rd rookie in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards. Became 1 of 3 rookies in NFL history with 3,500+ pass yards (4,042), 20+ pass TDs (22) & 5+ rush TDs (6)…RB DOUG MARTIN ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,402 rush yards & was 4th in NFL with 1,673 scrimmage yards. Has 455 scrimmage yards (91 per game) & 4 TDs in 5 career games vs. Atl…WR MIKE EVANS had career-high 74 catches & 1,206 rec. yards last year. WR VINCENT JACKSON has 75+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 vs. Atl. Has 1,000+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 seasons…LB LAVONTE DAVID had 3rd most tackles (147) in NFL last year. Has 9+ tackles in 5 of past 6 vs. Atl. Since 2013, is only NFL player with 400+ tackles (437), 10+ sacks (11) & 5+ INTs (8). DT GERALD MC COY had 8.5 sacks in 2015, 5th most among NFL DTs. Has 3 consecutive seasons with 8.5+ sacks. CB BRENT GRIMES makes debut with TB. Has 4+ INTs in 5 of past 7 seasons…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN had 4,591 pass yards last season, his 5th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Passed for 21 TDs in 2015, his 7th consecutive 20+ TD season. Franchise leader in career pass yards (32,757), comp. (2,915), TD passes (202), rating (90.9) & 300-yard pass games (35)…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN led NFL RBs with 14 TDs (11 rush, 3 rec.) last season. Ranked 5th in NFL with 1,634 scrimmage yards (1,056 rush, 578 rec.) in 2015…WR JULIO JONES tied for NFL lead with 136 catches last year, tied for 2nd most in season in NFL history. Became 3rd player in NFL history with 125+ receptions (136) and 1,700+ rec. yards (1,871) in season (MARVIN HARRISON, 2002 & ANTONIO BROWN, 2015)…DE DWIGHT FREENEY makes debut with Atl. Led Az. last season with 8 sacks. Ranks 4th in NFL since 2002 with 119.5 sacks. LB VIC BEASLEY had 5 sacks in 2015, tied for 5th most among NFL rookies. LB PAUL WORRILOW led team with 95 tackles last season. CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 44 PD since entering NFL in 2013, 3rd most in NFL.

Bucs Lock Up RT Demar Dotson to a Three-Year Extension

The Bucs locked up their longest tenured player Monday, signing right tackle Demar Dotson to a three-year contract extension, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Dotson, 30, was in the final year of a contract that would’ve paid him $1.75-million in 2016. Terms were not released but the new deal runs through 2019.

A former basketball player at Southern Mississippi, Dotson has been with the Bucs since 2009. He has appeared in 72 games with 52 starts in his career with Tampa Bay. Last season, he suffered a left knee injury in preseason, missing the first 10 games. But he reclaimed his starting job from Gosder Cherilus before the end of the season and has been one of the most consistent offensive linemen in camp.

Buccaneers Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

Bud Light Buccaneers Can

With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Buccaneers.

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Buccaneers colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fan will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

What do you think of the Bud Light Buccaneers can?

Buccaneers Come to Terms with Free Agent CB Brent Grimes

Brent Grimes

The Bucs have a new cornerback, as Pro Football Weekly reports that Brent Grimes, free agent CB of the Dolphins, has agreed to terms to join the team.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times reported Friday Grimes, the former Miami Dolphins cornerback, will stay in state and sign with the Buccaneers. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately disclosed.

Grimes has been to four Pro Bowls (2010, 2013-15) in his nine-year career, which began as a Falcons undrafted free agent out of Shippensburg in 2006. The 5 foot 10, 185-pound corner will be 33 when the 2016 campaign kicks off.

Grimes has 26 career interceptions and 99 passes defensed. He’s a willing run-support corner who’s been durable since a ruptured Achilles suffered in 2012 ended his stint in Atlanta. Grimes reunites with Mike Smith, now Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator. Smith was Grimes’ coach in Atlanta.