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Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Getting kicked out of practice was “a wake-up call”

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 26: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stands on the field after fumbling the ball that resulted in a TD for the Minnesota Vikings in overtime at Raymond James Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

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When the Buccaneers drafted tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round of the 2014 draft, they hoped that his mixture of size and speed would make him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.

Through two seasons, though, Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t had that kind of impact. Injuries have kept him off the field for half the team’s games and the biggest headline he’s made this year came when he was kicked out of an OTA practice by coach Dirk Koetter for not knowing what he was doing on the field.

Seferian-Jenkins said Tuesday that he’s thankful that Koetter took that step because it served to remind him how much work he has to put in on the field.

"[Coach Koetter] won’t settle for me being average or good. He won’t even settle for me being great. He wants me to be special,” Seferian-Jenkins said, via ESPN.com. “I really thank God every single day he kicked me out of practice. It was really a wake-up call.”

Seferian-Jenkins is running behind Cameron Brate on the team’s depth chart, so his work hasn’t quite paid off to this point. The preseason offers an opportunity to change that if Seferian-Jenkins can stay both healthy and motivated.