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Final
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NFC South Standings

Team Conf Overall
8-4-0 13-4-0
7-5-0 9-8-0
4-8-0 7-10-0
3-9-0 5-12-0

2021 Receiving

STATS REC YDS AVG TD LNG
Regular Season 6 43 7.2 0 29
Post Season

Top Jaelon Darden News

  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Full participant Thursday

    Darden (illness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice session.

    Darden was limited at Wednesday's practice after he was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, but he took a step forward Thursday. He should be available for Sunday's matchup against Carolina and could see a slight uptick in playing time since Chris Godwin (knee) is out for the season, and Antonio Brown (ankle) had his contract terminated Thursday.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Cleared from COVID list

    Darden (illness) has been activated off the Buccaneers' reserve/COVID-19 list, Scott Smith of the team's official website reports.

    Darden was placed on the COVID list prior to Week 16 and missed the team's last two games versus the Panthers and Jets as a result. He will now be free to return to practice and resume his usual role as a depth receiver and kick returner in Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Panthers.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Moved to COVID-19 list

    Darden (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Darden isn't expected to test his way out of COVID-19 protocols in time to face the Panthers on Sunday. The Buccaneers are banged up at wide receiver, but the rookie fourth-round pick's impact has been limited primarily to special teams up to this point, anyway. Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller are expected to return kickoffs and punts, respectively, for the duration of Darden's absence.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Plenty of snaps, little production

    Darden failed to bring in any of the three targets he logged over 41 snaps during the Buccaneers' 9-0 loss to the Saints on Sunday night. He returned two kickoffs for 33 yards and seven punts for 41 yards.

    Darden's usage from scrimmage, which was at a career-high level, jumps off the page, even as the only touches he actually garnered came in his special-teams role. With Chris Godwin (knee) now gone for the remainder of the season and Mike Evans (hamstring) still uncertain for Week 16, the rookie could certainly be primed for another busy day of route running versus the Panthers in that contest. Whether that translates to much production remains to be seen, however -- Darden has just six receptions for 43 yards on 11 targets across eight games.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Sticks to returns in return

    Darden logged three snaps from scrimmage without a target in the Buccaneers' 33-27 overtime win over the Bills on Sunday, but he returned three kickoffs for 38 yards and one punt for 10 yards.

    The rookie wideout saw Tyler Johnson and Breshad Perriman absorb the majority of wideout snaps behind the top duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, not an unexpected development even with Antonio Brown (ankle/suspension) and Scotty Miller (coach's decision) both unavailable. Darden is likely to stick to returns in a Week 15 Sunday night matchup against the Saints.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Will play Sunday

    Darden has been cleared from concussion protocol and will play against the Bills on Sunday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    After he was previously listed as questionable, Darden's return will provide a big boost to Tampa Bay's special teams unit as the 22-year-old is a talented kick returner. Additionally, Darden adds some depth at the wide receiver position for Buccaneers.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Questionable for Sunday

    Darden (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Bills.

    Darden was a full participant in every practice this week, but he still carries a questionable designation heading into the weekend. The 5-foot-8 wideout has mostly operated as a return specialist this season, and if he is unable to suit up Sunday, Tyler Johnson and Giovani Bernard will likely handle those duties again.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Full practice Thursday

    Darden (concussion) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    The 22-year-old picked up the head injury in Week 12 versus the Colts but appears like he will have a shot at being available for Sunday's matchup with the Falcons. He wore a non-contact jersey Thursday, so if he's able to take contact Friday, it would be an encouraging sign. Darden has operated mostly as a return specialist this season, racking up 212 kick-return yards and 87 yards on punts.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Won't play Sunday

    Darden (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Falcons, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

    Despite registering a full practice Thursday, Darden wasn't able to practice with contact at all this week and has been officially ruled out for Week 13. The 5-foot-8 wideout has mostly operated as a return specialist this season, so in his absence, Tyler Johnson and Giovani Bernard are the most likely candidates to handle those duties against the Falcons.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Concussion confirmed

    Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Darden has entered concussion protocol, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Darden racked up 66 kick-return yards before being knocked out of Sunday's 38-31 win over the Colts. If he is unable to clear concussion protocols before Week 13 at Atlanta, then Giovani Bernard is expected to handle kick-return duties, while Scotty Miller would likely handle punt returns.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Evaluated for possible concussion

    Darden is being evaluated for a possible concussion and is questionable to return Sunday against the Colts, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Darden has left his mark as a return specialist, racking up 66 yards on three kick returns and just three yards following two punt returns.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Downturn in production

    Darden brought in in his only target for three yards, returned a kickoff for 13 yards and ran back a punt for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night.

    Darden garnered active status once again with Antonio Brown (ankle) and Scotty Miller (toe) still sidelined, logging a total of 15 snaps between offense and special teams. The rookie has been serviceable on returns thus far with 230 total yards in that capacity; consequently, he could continue finding himself on the active roster even when Brown and Miller are available, the latter notably having been activated from injured reserve Tuesday.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Garners 94 all-purpose yards

    Darden secured one of two targets for 29 yards in the Buccaneers' 29-19 loss to Washington on Sunday. He also returned two kickoffs for 51 yards and ran back two punts for 14 yards.

    Darden logged just four snaps from scrimmage but made good use of them with his 29-yard grab, and he continued to put in solid work on returns as well. The rookie has gotten an opportunity on offense over the last three games with Antonio Brown (ankle) out of action, and that could carry over into a Week 11 Monday night battle against the Giants.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-8, 173 lbs
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Age: 23