The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed defensive ends Tavaris Barnes and Sterling Bailey to their roster on Tuesday with several players sidelined with injuries during OTAs. According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Robert Ayers, Noah Spence, Jacquies Smith and Ryan Russell all sat out practice with the Buccaneers on Tuesday. In the meantime, Barnes and Bailey give the Buccaneers the bodies they need to practice with at this stage of the offseason.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins said he attended rehab this offseason for his drinking problem. New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has shown tremendous talent on the football field, ever since college. Seferian-Jenkins got help for his alcohol issues, going to rehab this offseason.
After addressing the reduction of overtime last week—I suggested getting rid of OT altogether—there are a few more pieces of business to analyze from last week’s NFL owners meeting, their final gathering until October. The NFL and Roger Goodell certainly heard the complaints: they were the “No Fun League,” taking the spontaneity out the game and turning players into robots. The relaxing of celebration rules was promptly “celebrated” by the NFL with an email that contained a video showing players enjoying themselves after touchdowns, signaling that the fun was back.
Roberto Aguayo is competing with veteran Nick Folk this offseason. When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted a kicker in the second round last year – sorry, when the Bucs traded up to take kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round – most right-minded people thought it was strange at best. By all accounts, Aguayo is in a legitimate roster battle.
Perhaps recognizing he was running out of chances in the NFL, New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has dropped weight and looks to be in much better shape during OTAs. According to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, Seferian-Jenkins is down to 260 pounds per his agent Brian Fettner. The former first-round pick was dumped by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season after the arrest as it reached a breaking point with the team.
Social media interactions between two sports teams are rarely funny but what the Bucs did to the Falcons this week actually was funny. The 28–3 reference (Falcons fans… don’t read this) is just subtle enough to actually be humorous. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, however, does not find it funny.
In his first public statements after being suspended four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy in January and spending time in rehab, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin took responsibility for his troubles but exuded hope he can soon return as one of the better backs in the league. “It was a journey these past few months,” Martin said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s definitely behind me,” Martin said.