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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mickens could have an uphill battle to win a roster spot this summer, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The young veteran set a new career high with seven receptions last season, but the overwhelming amount of his contributions came on special teams, where he amassed 439 total return yards and logged 125 snaps overall. Mickens had some offseason off-field trouble in March in the form of a gun charge, and he then got some talented, younger competition for his return jobs, which are key the 27-year-old holding onto a roster spot, in the form of fourth-round pick Jaelon Darden the following month. Mickens did attend voluntary OTAs and even mentored Darden on the finer points of returns during that time, but the two will be locked into a head-to-head battle come training camp.
Jul 14, 2021 7:29 PM EST
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.
Feb 8, 2021 10:17 AM EST
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.
Jan 25, 2021 10:29 AM EST
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.
Jan 11, 2021 6:17 PM EST
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.
Jan 5, 2021 4:50 PM EST
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