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Bucs Hot Reads: Sefarian-Jenkins would welcome Incognito

It doesn’t look like the Bucs will be brining G Richie Incognito into their locker room anytime soon. Not after trading for six-time Pro Bowl LG Logan Mankins on Tuesday.

The Bucs, though, insist they have not closed the door on Incognito, and if they ultimately decide to bring him in, rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins says he will welcome him with open arms.

Jenkins spent more than two months working out daily with Incognito in the offseason at the EXOS Athletes’ Performance Institute in Phoenix. He said the Incognito he knows is a good guy.

“He’s one of the funniest, outgoing, kind guys I’ve ever known,’’ Seferian-Jenkins said. “I don’t know what happened in Miami but the time I worked with him was great. So I’d have no issues (if the Bucs signed him).

“I mean, I had a great time with him. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen. I enjoyed getting in there and working out with him every day and spending the whole day with him. The Richie I know, the Richie I worked out with, he’s a good guy.’’

Did you know?

The Bucs lead the league in rush defense, allowing 75.3 yards per game through the first three weeks of the preseason. The Bucs are ranked 14th overall in total defense, allowing 314 yards per game.

Stat of the day

The 24 point lead the Bucs had at halftime against the Bills on Saturday was the largest first-half lead they’ve had in any game — preseason or regular season — since they built a 30-0 advantage against New Orleans in 2001.

Quote of the day

“I can do one of those but I probably wouldn’t because if I miss it would be all over.’’

— Seferian-Jenkins, on whether he would attempt a 180-degree behind-the-back dunk of the football over the goal post to celebrate a touchdown

Roy Cummings

Preseason schedule

Aug. 8: Jaguars 16, Bucs 10

Aug. 16: Dolphins 20, Bucs 14

Aug. 23: Bucs 27, Bills 14

Thursday: vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBC, Ch. 8)

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