Jaydon Mickens

New York Giants
Wide Receiver #85
New York Giants
Wide Receiver #85

Jaydon Mickens News

Signed to Giants' practice squad

Mickens was signed to the Giants' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Mickens has yet to appear in any games this season after playing in 11 contests with the Jaguars and Buccaneers in 2021, producing two catches for 10 yards while operating mostly on special teams. The 28-year-old will provide New York with an additional depth option at wide receiver moving forward.

Dec 14, 2022 7:38 AM EST

Removed from COVID-19 list

The Jaguars activated Mickens (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Mickens was sidelined for the Jaguars' Week 17 blowout loss to the Patriots after landing on the COVID-19 list. He has suited up for five games for Jacksonville since being claimed off Tampa Bay's practice squad, but he's mostly operated on special teams. He's expected to return to his usual return duties during Week 18.

Jan 5, 2022 7:37 AM EST

Placed on COVID list

Mickens (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: It's not clear at this time whether Mickens tested positive for COVID-19. He has suited up in five games for Jacksonville since being claimed off Tampa Bay's practice squad, totaling 10 yards on two catches while working as the return man on kickoffs and punts. If Mickens doesn't return in time to face the Patriots on Sunday, Tavon Austin will likely fill in as the return man on special teams.

Dec 29, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Signs with Jags

Jacksonville has signed Mickens off Tampa Bay's practice squad, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mickens suited up for the Bucs first six games but never saw any snaps. He has since been on their practice squad. The 27-year-old will now return to the team that he spent his first three seasons with.

Nov 23, 2021 5:51 PM EST

Sticks with Tampa Bay

Mickens was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Mickens was released off Tampa Bay's active roster Monday but will stick around the organization on the practice squad. He appeared in five of the first six games of the year and didn't receive a target in 18 offensive snaps.

Oct 19, 2021 4:42 PM EST

Time up in Tampa Bay

The Buccaneers released Mickens on Monday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Mickens appeared in five games with the Buccaneers this season, in which span he regularly contributed in the return game but wasn't targeted. The 27-year-old will look to resurface in the league as an option on special teams.

Oct 18, 2021 12:56 PM EST

Limited to returns

Mickens did not log a target in three snaps from scrimmage and returned three punts for 21 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night.

Analysis: Mickens was solid in his return duties, but even with Scotty Miller (toe) still on injured reserve, he did not have a role in the offense. The 27-year-old does not have a target this season across 18 snaps from scrimmage, but he's accrued 129 kickoff return yards and another 54 on punt runbacks.

Oct 17, 2021 7:29 PM EST

Back to full speed

Mickens (abdomen) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Mickens was limited Wednesday after missing the team's Week 3 loss to the Rams due to an abdomen injury, but he has appartely been cleared moving forward. The 27-year-old wideout has yet to log an offcensie snap, but he does serve as the team's primary kick and punt returner.

Sep 30, 2021 4:13 PM EST

Limited participant Wednesday

Mickens (abdomen) logged a limited practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Mickens was unable to practice at all leading up to the Buccaneers' Week 3 matchup against the Rams so his presence on the field in any capacity is a step forward. If he's able to suit up in Week 4 against New England, Mickens should return to his role as both the primary punt and kick-returner for Tampa Bay.

Sep 29, 2021 6:16 PM EST

Won't travel with team

Head coach Bruce Arians said Mickens (abdomen) will not travel with the team this weekend, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: As expected, Mickens won't be available for Week 3 after missing back-to-back practices. The 27-year-old return specialist has totaled 116 kick-return yards and 21 punt-return yards through the first two weeks of the season. Jaelon Darden is expected to make his NFL debut against the Rams on Sunday night with Mickens sidelined.

Sep 24, 2021 10:09 AM EST

Another missed practice

Mickens (abdomen) did not practice Thursday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mickens has missed back-to-back sessions due to an abdominal issue, so he only has one more opportunity to upgrade his reps before Sunday's contest in Los Angeles. Jaelon Darden, who was inactive Week 2, could be in line to operate as Tampa Bay's top return man if Mickens misses time.

Sep 23, 2021 8:42 AM EST

Dealing with abdominal issue

Mickens didn't practice Wednesday due to an abdominal injury, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mickens wasn't expected to practice Wednesday after picking up a hip injury during Sunday's win over the Falcons, but he ended up being listed on the injury report with an abdominal issue. The 27-year-old likely will need to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a chance of suiting up this weekend against the Rams.

Sep 22, 2021 6:31 PM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

Coach Bruce Arians said that Mickens (hip) was held out of Wednesday's practice and is considered day-to-day, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Mickens was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's contest against the Falcons after picking up a hip injury. The 27-year-old has been Tampa Bay's primary return man so far this season. Giovani Bernard and Scotty Miller each returned kicks against Atlanta after Mickens left the contest, so expect them to share the return duties in Week 3 if he is unable to suit up.

Sep 22, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Ruled out of Sunday's game

Mickens (hip) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Atlanta, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Mickens will surely go for testing Monday. More word on the severity of the injury should come out soon after.

Sep 19, 2021 4:09 PM EST

Questionable to return

Mickens picked up a hip injury in Sunday's game and has been deemed questionable to return, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Mickens has played exclusively on special teams as a kick and punt returner so far this season. He had one kick return for 19 yards before departing. Giovani Bernard and Scotty Miller already have each returned kicks in the contest and will likely continue to fill in while the 27-year-old is out.

Sep 19, 2021 3:40 PM EST

Remains on active roster

Mickens was promoted from the Buccaneers' practice squad Friday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mickens was elevated from the practice squad ahead of Thursday's season opener against the Cowboys, and he played 21 snaps on special teams. The 27-year-old recorded three kick returns for 92 yards while returning two punts for 21 yards, and he should continue to serve mainly as a contributor on special teams.

Sep 10, 2021 7:36 PM EST

Called up from practice squad

Mickens was elevated from Tampa Bay's practice squad ahead of Thursday's season opener against the Cowboys, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: If Mickens dresses for the game, he'll likely reprise last season's role as a special teams contributor with little to no role on offense. Mickens had just seven catches in 2020 but returned 16 punts and 14 kickoffs for the Buccaneers.

Sep 9, 2021 12:11 PM EST

Let go by Bucs

Tampa Bay cut Mickens on Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Mickens could be a candidate to pop back up on Tampa Bay's practice squad, per Laine. He suited up for 10 games for the Buccaneers last season, in which span he secured seven of 10 targets for 58 yards.

Aug 31, 2021 9:21 AM EST

Struggles in second exhibition

Mickens secured his only target for minus-4 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-3 preseason loss to the Titans on Sunday.

Analysis: Mickens logged a solid 27 snaps from scrimmage Saturday, but the fact he did virtually nothing with them while fellow wideouts Cyril Grayson and Tyler Johnson combined for a 6-78 line certainly doesn't help his chances at a roster spot. Moreover, Mickens didn't get any reps as a returner, a role that he'd almost certainly need to shine in to help secure a roster spot. The good news for Mickens is that he should once again be afforded ample playing time in the preseason finale against the Texans on Saturday.

Aug 23, 2021 5:54 PM EST

Plays dual role in preseason opener

Mickens secured one of three targets for 10 yards, returned one kickoff for 33 yards and ran back one punt for six yards in the Buccaneers' 19-14 preseason loss to the Bengals on Saturday night.

Analysis: Mickens is fighting for a roster spot on the back end of the receiver depth chart, and his work on special teams could once again be his surest path to making the team. The young veteran put in some solid work with his three touches Saturday night, outshining rookie Jaelon Darden on kickoff returns specifically. Mickens will look to continue making a strong case for himself in Saturday's second exhibition contest against the Titans.

Aug 16, 2021 10:34 PM EST

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