|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 172 lb.|
|Born:||April 24, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / UDFA|
Mickens returned three kickoffs for 75 yards during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
Analysis: Mickens filled his usual role on special teams during the championship win while not logging any targets from scrimmage. The four-year veteran established a new career high this season with seven receptions, which netted a modest 58 yards. However, Mickens was largely an afterthought on offense for most of the season, unsurprising given the Buccaneers' wealth of talent at receiver. Mickens played the 2020 season on a one-year deal, and while he averaged a solid 24.3 yards per kickoff return and 6.2 yards per punt return, it remains to be seen if the Buccaneers will look to a younger, cheaper option for his role in 2021.
Mickens returned five kickoffs for 121 yards and ran back two punts for 10 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Analysis: Mickens once again toiled almost exclusively on special teams, logging just three snaps from scrimmage as the No. 5 receiver with Antonio Brown (knee) out of action. The speedy four-year pro averaged an impressive 24.2 yards per kickoff return Sunday, and given that special teams have played a prominent part in turning the tide of multiple Super Bowls past, Mickens certainly stands a chance of making an impact in the upcoming, potentially high-scoring title-game battle versus the Chiefs.
Mickens returned two kickoffs for 26 yards and ran back two punts for an additional 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-23 wild-card win over Washington on Saturday night.
Analysis: Mickens once again served as the Buccaneers' full-time returner in the win, but he remained nearly absent from the offense while logging just three snaps from scrimmage. Mickens' role is expected to remain the same in Sunday evening's divisional-round matchup against the Saints.
Mickens returned two kickoffs for 51 yards and netted no gain on one punt return in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Mickens was back on the active roster for the first time since Week 9, and he ultimately logged three offensive snaps alongside his 15 plays on special teams. The 26-year-old finished his fourth pro season with a career-high seven receptions for 58 yards and added 439 yards on returns, all across 10 games. Mickens projects to continue serving as the Buccaneers' return man in Saturday night's wild-card matchup against Washington with Kenjon Barner (groin) on injured reserve.
Mickens was promoted back onto Tampa Bay's 53-man roster Wednesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Mickens had been demoted to the practice squad after the Buccaneers switched to Kenjon Barner as their primary return man for kickoffs and punts, but Barner was placed on IR due to a groin injury, creating the opening Mickens needed to get promoted from the practice squad. The receiver's role on offense will likely remain nearly nonexistent, as was the case earlier in the season.
Mickens signed back to the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Mickens was waived by Tampa Bay on Monday but after clearing all waivers, the return specialist will make his way back to the team's practice squad. He spent the three previous week's on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Mickens was waived by the Buccaneers on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old work as Tampa Bay's return man for the first half of the season, but he missed the three games preceding the Week 13 bye while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Mickens could be a candidate for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
The Buccaneers activated Mickens from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Mickens sat out the last two games while on the reserve list. The 26-year-old will return to action following the Buccaneers' Week 13 bye. He's been a useful return man this season, and it's unclear if the addition of Antonio Brown -- who returned punts in last week's loss to the Chiefs -- will impact Mickens' role on special teams.
Mickens said Sunday that he has not tested positive for COVID-19, per Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Analysis: Mickens was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, presumably because he came into close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. The Washington product won't play Sunday, but his absence won't affect much from a fantasy perspective.
The Buccaneers have placed Mickens on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: It is unclear if Mickens has tested positive for the illness or if he has just had close contact with someone who has. His absence for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers is not expected to make a difference in the team's offensive game plan.
Mickens (not injury related) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old was absent from Friday's practice for non-injury reasons, putting his status in doubt for Week 10. Even if available, Mickens is unlikely to play much of an offensive role with the rest of the receiving corps currently healthy.
Mickens logged just one snap on offense without a target but returned two kickoffs for 46 yards and one punt for one yard in the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.
Analysis: Mickens was coming off a 5-36 line on eight targets in a Week 8 win over the Giants, but Antonio Brown's debut Sunday night unsurprisingly pushed the speedster back down into the lowest portion of the wideout depth chart. The four-year pro is likely to continue logging time nearly exclusively on special teams moving forward, unless multiple injuries were to strike the receiver corps.
Mickens brought in five of eight targets for 36 yards and returned three kickoffs for 79 yards in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Analysis: Mickens surprisingly logged 44 snaps from scrimmage on the way to season bests in receptions, receiving yards and targets. The third-year receiver's boost in opportunity was the byproduct of Chris Godwin's (finger) absence, as well as the fact Antonio Brown (suspension) wasn't yet eligible to suit up. Despite having shared the team lead in receptions with Mike Evans and setting the pace in targets Monday night, Mickens will likely have a difficult time reprising Monday night's level of involvement moving forward with Brown eligible to play beginning Week 9 against the Saints and Godwin having what's been termed a "50-50 chance" to return for that contest as well.
Mickens did not see any targets on his three scrimmage snaps but returned four kickoffs for 98 yards in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
Analysis: Mickens has now seen action from scrimmage in five straight games, but four of those counts have been in the single digits and have resulted in just two receptions for 22 yards (Week 5). However, the fourth-year wideout continues to be a steady presence on returns, with Sunday's tally giving Mickens a career-best 164 kick-return yards on the campaign (23.4 yards per return).
Mickens logged only three snaps from scrimmage without a target but returned four punts for 30 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: One game after recording his first two catches, Mickens was primarily limited to his usual returner role. The third-year wideout was expected to see his offensive role essentially disappear with the return of Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Justin Watson (chest) to action, which his exactly what came to fruition.
Mickens brought in both his targets for 22 yards, returned one kickoff for 25 yards and ran back two punts for 20 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.
Analysis: The fourth-year wideout/return man saw his first two targets of the season, as he enjoyed a bigger role than usual with Chris Godwin (concussion) and Justin Watson (chest) both sitting out the contest. Mickens also continued to do a solid job in the return game, and he projects to continue to run back both punts and kicks for the foreseeable future with Kenjon Barner (suspension) out for the next four games. Mickens' expanded opportunity on offense isn't expected to be lasting, however, as Godwin and Watson could both be back for a Week 6 home matchup against the Packers on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Mickens was not targeted during his 11 snaps on offense but returned one kickoff for 24 yards and three punts for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Chargers on Sunday.
Analysis: The third-year wideout saw veteran running back Kenjon Barner vulture one kickoff return opportunity before exiting the game with a concussion, so it remains to be seen if coach Bruce Arians has designs on eventually transitioning Mickens to handling punt returns exclusively. Mickens is doing a good job in that capacity, averaging 6.0 yards on eight returns, ranking him fourth in the league among players with at least that many opportunities. With Barner's status for Thursday night's Week 5 matchup against the Bears firmly up in the air, however, it's certainly possible Mickens handles double duty on special teams in that contest.
Mickens returned one kickoff for 17 yards and ran back three punts for 21 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
Analysis: The fourth-year wideout was once again limited to return duties, even with Justin Watson (shoulder) missing the Week 4 contest. Mickens has yet to see a target come his way this season, and Sunday's return yardage was his first of the campaign. The 26-year-old figures to remain limited to his current role as long as multiple injuries don't strike the Buccaneers' receiving corps.
Mickens returned one punt for no gain in the Buccaneers' 31-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He did not log any snaps from scrimmage.
Analysis: Mickens produced the exact same stat line as a returner as he did in Week 1, and he once again went unused on offense, even with Chris Godwin (concussion) sidelined for Sunday's contest. Coach Bruce Arians opted to instead elevate second-year wideout Cyril Grayson to serve as the No. 4 receiver, preserving Mickens for his duties on special teams.
Mickens returned one punt for no gain in the Buccaneers' 34-23 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: The 26-year-old also served as the No. 5 receiver in the Week 1 loss, although his primary function on the active roster was to serve as the punt returner and coverage units. While Mickens ultimately failed to make the stat sheet under any capacity, it's likely he continues to enjoy active status, at least early in the season, while rookie fifth-round pick Tyler Johnson continues to get up to speed on the playbook.
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